Everything bagel pasta is a pantry staple miracle with only three ingredients! But the best part is how simple, delicious, and comforting this bowl of pasta is!
1/2 lb rigatoni, or other dried pasta
3 ounces cream cheese
1–2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning blend
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt the water aggressively and drop in your pasta.
While pasta cooks, melt cream cheese in a large skillet set over medium heat.
When pasta is about one minute shy of being done, pull out one cup of pasta cooking liquid. Add half of that liquid to the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.
Drain pasta and add to cream cheese mixture. Stir to coat, adding a splash more pasta water to loosen the sauce if necessary. Sprinkle with seasoning mixture and serve immediately.
Salting your pasta water aggressively is of the utmost importance, as it’s the only opportunity you get to season the noodle from the inside out. I usually use a few tablespoons of kosher salt for every 5 quarts of water.
Make your own everything bagel spice by combining equal parts sesame seeds (black and white if you can find both), poppyseeds, dried minced garlic, and dried minced onion. Then add two parts flaky or coarse salt and mix to combine.
Never drain your pasta before pulling out some of the pasta water. This stuff is liquid gold and is the secret to pretty much any successful pasta dish.
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