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30-Minute One Pot Cheesy Pasta

30-Minute One Pot Cheesy Pasta is hands down the best. The layers of cheesy flavor is unbeatable.This dish will quickly become a family favorite. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 971kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 16 ounces pasta shells
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups half-and-half or milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup grated Gouda cheese
  • 1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces mascarpone cheese

Optional Toppings

  • fresh parsley optional
  • grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta package directions. Strain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
  • In the same pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat.
  • Gradually whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk in the milk, cornstarch, evaporated milk, Dijon mustard, and remaining spices.
  • Once everything is combined increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.
  • Once brought to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let it simmer 4-5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gouda cheese, sharp white cheddar cheese and mascarpone cheese until melted and smooth.
  • Add pasta and stir to combine, making sure all of the noodles are evenly coated.
  • Top with optional toppings if desired.
  • Serve immediately.


Recipe inspired by Four Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe adapted from Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese


Calories: 971kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1705IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 791mg | Iron: 1.7mg