Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Spaghetti a la Philly {Creamy Spaghetti}

I was recently contacted by Philadelphia Cream Cheese through Twitter. If your not following Philly on Twitter you should be. They always have such awesome recipe ideas and posts. Well Philly invited me to try out a new Philly inspired recipe on my friends and family and then blog about it and share my thoughts. Of course right off the top I am a big cream cheese lover.

Cream cheese can be added to so many dishes and baked items and the results are always fantastic. Philly wanted to know my thoughts on how I would rate this new pasta creation. Pasta and cheese how can you go wrong. They wanted me to prepare and serve this dish and then give my rating.

First off I want to say that this recipe was really easy to prepare and required very little ingredients. Also the ingredients listed are ones that I usually have on hand in my pantry and freezer, so that's always a plus. 

We always have jars of spaghetti sauce and pasta on hand for quick thrifty meals such as this one. I was really in the need to change things up a bit so this recipe came to me at a perfect time. My little guy is a big spaghetti lover so I was excited to try out this recipe. 


I will admit that my first thoughts on adding Philly cream cheese to spaghetti sauce kind of took me for a loop. I really wasn't to sure on the outcome, but I was willing to give it a try.After I mixed the cream cheese into the sauce it really started taking on a pretty pinkish color. I was really surprised at the addition of the cream cheese it really made the sauce so rich and creamy. 

The sauce smelled so wonderful. As I was mixing up all the pasta I thought to myself this dish can easily be turned into a meatless meal. So really you can add ground beef or if you want a vegetarian dish you can leave it out. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how this pasta dish turned out.
    One 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce, 8oz spaghetti noodles, Parmesan cheese, ground beef and 4 oz Philadelphia cream cheese.
Cook the beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.


cut the cream cheese into squares and set aside.


Pour off any fat. Stir the sauce and cream cheese in the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 3 minutes or until the cream cheese is melted, stirring often.


Place the spaghetti into a large bowl. Add the beef mixture and toss to coat.




Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and serve. This would be great paired with a nice salad and hot crusty french bread. If you are looking for a nice change from ordinary spaghetti. I highly recommend trying this recipe out. You wont be disappointed.







Spaghetti a la Philly
 
Ingredients:
1 - lb lean ground beef, browned & drained
1 jar (24 -26 oz) Prego Traditional Italian Spaghetti Sauce or your use favorite brand
4 ounces Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 - (8 ounces) pkg spaghetti, cooked and drained
2 - tablespoons Kraft grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Cook the beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.

Pour off any fat. Stir the sauce and cream cheese in the skillet.  Reduce the heat to low. 

Cook for 3 minutes or until the cream cheese is melted, stirring often. Place the spaghetti into a large bowl. 

Add the beef mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and serve.

Prep: 20 minutes     Cook: 15 minutes      Makes: 4 servings



Disclosure: "Philadelphia Cream Cheese reached out to me to try their new Philly inspired recipe "Spaghetti a la Philly. For participating in the recipe trial, I received (3) free Philadelphia cream cheese product coupons and a cookbook. Thank you Philadelphia Cream Cheese for including Mommy's Kitchen in your recipe trial.

32 comments:

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

It's always nice to have a new (and easy!) way to prepare a standby like spaghetti and sauce.

My daughter would love the pink hue as well. Oh my! She'd be delighted.

Stacie said... #

I do follow Philly on twitter and they do have some great recipe ideas. I haven't come across this one yet. The only thing I don't have to make this is cream cheese so I am going to put it on my grocery list and try this next week.

Stacie said... #

I do follow Philly on twitter and they do have some great recipe ideas. I haven't come across this one yet. The only thing I don't have to make this is cream cheese so I am going to put it on my grocery list and try this next week.

Jeanette said... #

Thank you for posting! My husband hates anything with tomatoes so we only have spaghetti about twice a year. I am going to try this to see if it 'tones' down the tomatoe and maybe I can make this economical dish more often.

brlracincwgrl said... #

Oh that looks delicious! :).

From A Creative Heart said... #

Thanks so much for the recipe...I was wanting something quick and easy to make for tonight and this really fits the bill!!!
Can't wait to try it....

Anonymous said... #

This is my first comment on your blog. I read your blog everyday and love to hear when the kids help out. You are an awesome Mom and an awesome cook. Love all your recipes. Thanks for sharing. Liza H

Heidi said... #

This looks really good. Would have never thought to put cream cheese in spaghetti, but I can't wait to give it a try after hearing your families review. I will just not tell my husband what he's eating until after he's tried it and liked it!!

The Japanese Redneck said... #

Oh it does look and sound good. I love cream cheese.

Your camera man did a great job.

Renea said... #

I was planning on making spaghetti tonight already, so I will have to try this. My husband is not crazy about anything tomato based, but he will eat it most of the time. Maybe he will like this better because I am thinking that the cream cheese will "tone down" the tomato flavor some.

Oklahoma Granny said... #

I never thought of adding cream cheese to my spaghetti sauce but it sounds so good. Thanks for another great quick and easy recipe!

Jamie Cooks It Up! said... #

This looks like a great recipe my family would love.
And, might I say that I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who buys Walmart brand pasta....gotta make that budget stretch some how!

Catherine said... #

This looks really delicious!

Rhonda said... #

Ah, pretty in pink. I can use this with the heart pasta I just bought. Sure it would be good meatless too...or add veggies if you can get away with it. My husband has a thing for cream cheese and has always added it to nearly everything at least once. I think it makes for a richer alfredo sauce too and you can cut the fat with the low fat version.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Tina, Happy New Year neighbor. Ooh, I like this recipe. The only time I've tried cream cheese and pasta has been in making Alfredo, but I will certainly be trying this one. Sounds very tasty.

From A Creative Heart said... #

Just wanted to let you know that I did try this tonight and it was a hit. I made it with the ground beef, mushrooms and onions....love it!!! Thanks again for sharing!!!

bed frame said... #

It is nice to know that I found here a new way to prepare spaghetti. The sauce is so yummy! I want to make this!

Nicole Young said... #

THanks so much for this recipe!!! I made this (using a homemade spaghetti sauce) but added the cream cheese and my family GOBBLED it up! Even my pickiest eater was happy!!! I was just bummed that there weren't leftovers for lunch today! I would have gladly eaten more of it!! Thanks again for posting this!!!

Tina said... #

Thank you for sharing this recipe! We loved it! My husband actually put the sauce together and liked how easy it was to do! I enjoy your blog...thank you for all the great recipes you share!

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said... #

That looks great! Spaghetti is about the only thing my son will eat. I found your blog on Midday Escapades and am now following.

shannanb aka mommy bits said... #

I've never thought of adding cream cheese to my pasta before. I like the idea. I am always looking to change things up a bit. Thanks for sharing.

Happy MM!

Naomi said... #

Yum, yum! I made this today, and we'll definitely be eating it again. I fried up some onion and green pepper before browning the meat, and the recipe has plenty of scope for lots more adaptations/variations. Thanks for inspiring me!

Karen said... #

Hi! I'm a new reader!
This recipe has me thinking.... I make something called Cheeseburger Mac. Hamburger, elbows, velveeta, and ketchup. S00000 how about makeing Philly Spaghetti with elbows.... and baking it in a casserole for a little?
It bothers me using the velveeta dn ketchup. I would rather NOT use ingredients that are processed.
I may have to try it tonight!!

THE IslandGirl and Makijo said... #

I have been making this one for awhile as the Spatini sauce I used to use was discontinued. Everyone in my house loves it and it's pretty close to the bolognese sauce that we have at a little Italian bistro in our neighborhood. It's really quick for those nights that I am really tired from my workday and need to feed my guys!
Tina, I really enjoy reading your blog :)

Anonymous said... #

We just tried this recipe tonight and we loved it. I am not a big tomato sauce person so we rarely ate spaghetti. But this is so much better, even my husband thinks it's better then normal spaghetti! Thanks, I love your blog!

Anonymous said... #

This looks so good, cant wait to try it! BTW, your little man did a great job taking your pic's =)

Anonymous said... #

Ya know Tina, I have an old recipe from my husbands Grandama, (little old Italian lady now deceased) whom made manicotti and she love her heart used cream cheese instead of ricotta or cottage cheese, and it is absolutely amazing. Philadelphia cream cheese is the bomb........ In everything!!!! I will try this recipe, would you expect me to do anything less than to follow you recipes?? =) have a great Wednesday!!!

Anonymous said... #

I've tried this recipe with ground beef and jimmy dean sausage and it was delicious!

Anonymous said... #

Gave this recipe to my daughter, she made it last night. She made the spaghetti a la philly with a rotini noodle, and brought me some. Delicious!

Anonymous said... #

Thanks for the recipe! Made it just now for my sister who loves spaghetti and it's pretty good! But ours turned out more orange looking than pink :)

Bobby Lamanna said... #

Very good! I made mine sane way but made homemade meatballs with left over bread. Apollo good!

Bobby Lamanna said... #

So good! Added homemade meatballs and yum!