This Creamy Four Cheese Pasta recipe is so easy to make and will be a hit with the entire family! It is one of those dinners that is great on its own or as a side next to some grilled chicken, a juicy steak, or with some roasted mushrooms. Cheesy Pasta is one of the worlds greatest comfort foods and this four cheese version is ready in 15 minutes, as you make the simple sauce whilst the pasta cooks. So much better than boxed pasta.
Bring a pan of water to a boil, salt it generously and then cook the pasta until al-dente.
Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain.
While the pasta is cooking add the butter to a small saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
Once melted add in the flour and whisk to combine.
Whisking the sauce and slowly pour in ½ cup of the milk. Continue whisking and adding milk until you have added it all. Then cook and whisk for 4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
Add in the shredded cheeses one by one and then stir gently to melt them into the sauce.
Stir in the dried basil and parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Toss the cooked pasta into the cheese sauce adding a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water to ensure the sauce coats all the pasta equally.
Add more cooking water as needed.
Serve as a side or a main meal.
For this recipe I love to use cavatappi, I am just in love with the spirals! But this works just as well with macaroni or penne.
You can use any combination of cheese you like. Just pick 4 you love, or 3 and have three cheese pasta. You want to include something strong and also something melty. But use what cheese you can find. Shredded at home does work best as it isn't coated in non-caking agents. These non-caking agents can make the sauce seem chalky.