Creamy Risotto-Style Spaghetti

This image courtesy of Lucy Schaeffer

Creamy, but made without cream. The spaghetti is cooked directly in the sauce, a technique called risottare, cooking pasta like rice. The potato and garlic dissolve into velvety delight.

Serves2 to 3



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe CourseMain Course, Side Dish

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

MealDinner, Lunch

MoodStressed, Tired

Taste and TextureCheesy, Creamy, Rich

Type of DishPasta


  • 1 large potato
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti, preferably Felicetti Monograno
  • 6 heaping tablespoons grated Parmesan or other aged cheese
  • 6 heaping tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt
  • Dried red chili pepper flakes


  1. Peel the potato and cut into tiny cubes.

  2. Fry the garlic and oil into a medium saucepan over low heat until the garlic golden, then add the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to break up a bit, about 10 minutes. Add about 2 cups of hot water, just enough to cover the potatoes in 1/2 inch of water. Raise the heat, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes until the potatoes are very soft.

  3. Break the spaghetti into pieces, and stir in until combined. Simmer over medium heat until the spaghetti is almost al dente.

  4. Stir in the parsley and cheese and cook for another minute, adding hot water, if needed. Season with salt, serve topped with a sprinkle of red chili pepper flakes.


Free recipes, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password