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I’ve had a few comments on previous posts asking what kind of foods I am eating now that I am pregnant. Well, let’s just say that if I started posting my daily meals, I’d probably be quite embarrassed. I wish I could say that I was eating healthy, homemade meals every night, but then I’d be lying. My poor husband is probably feeling quite neglected right now. My work has lunch brought in every day, so I’ve been trying to take home leftovers of whatever was on the menu that day for my husband, but most of my dinners have consisted of grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and dip or salsa, or hot dogs. Not only are they what sounds the best, but they are easy and fast as well. We did go to my in-laws for dinner earlier this week, and when we left, I commented to my husband on how good it felt to eat a good, home cooked meal. I told him I was going to start cooking again, because I felt much better after that meal, but I still haven’t cooked yet this week! But I did take some pork out of the freezer, so hopefully that will push me to make dinner tonight.

This meal is one of the few I’ve made since I became pregnant. And it’s a perfect meal for if you are feeling tired or lazy. It’s definitely not the most healthy, but it sure is delicious!! The sauce is sort of a “cheater” Alfredo sauce recipe that I got from my sister. She makes this quite often, and I’ve made it a few times at my house. Every time I go to make it, though, I have to call her for the recipe. I know I have it written on scraps of paper probably all though my recipes, but I can never remember where I put it. This time, I’m making sure to blog about it so I’ll always know where to find it!!

I had a roommate many years ago that made a knock-off pasta dish from Olive Garden (I know they don’t serve it anymore – it’s probably been 10+ years since they had it on the menu) that was the pasta, some sort of white sauce, ham and peas. I loved the dish that my roommate made, and this is kind of inspired by that. My in-laws gave us some fresh peas from their garden, and this was the first dish that popped into my mind.

I’m only giving the sauce recipe because it is so versatile. For this dish, I added in some homemade pesto to give the sauce a little more of a kick. (Plus, my basil plant is growing out of control right now, so I use every opportunity I can to use it!) But not only is this sauce great on pasta, but I’m sure kids would love it with just about everything!

Tami’s White Sauce

8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Add all ingredients to a medium pot over medium/low heat. Stir until all ingredients are melted and well combined.

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33 Responses to Tami’s White Sauce

  1. Meeta says:

    First Deborah, congratulations on the pregnancy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I was pregnant with Soeren.

    It’s quite understandable that you are not quite feeling quite up to cooking and just being lazy! The first trimester your body goes through so much change. So, simply sit back and enjoy the food you want to eat. BTW: the hot dogs etc. do not sound too bad. So share with us your best hot dog recipe!

  2. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm cream cheese white sauce. I haven’t had a white sauce like that (to my knowledge).

  3. kat says:

    It looks like a comfort meal so I can see why you’d want it

  4. Paula says:

    Oh, boy, you had me at cream cheese. This looks terrific and how great that the sauce isn’t complicated to make. I just know I’ll be sampling it with a spoon to make sure it’s just right. I’ll use a big spoon, over and over again. Better make a double sized batch.

    Your current dinner staples sound pretty good to me. Isn’t everything better with salsa? Grilled cheese with salsa … hot dogs with salsa. :-) Let us know if you make the pork.

  5. Katerina says:

    Nobody likes cream based pasta then me and I have never even thought of adding cream cheese. Even more indulgent.

  6. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Simple, rich, and oh-so-satisfying. And I commend you on your will-power. I’d have probably eaten all the fresh peas before the pasta was cooked!

  7. Maria says:

    Congratulations Deborah ;o) This pasta dish looks yummy and perfect comfort food, which you need a lot of when your pregnant!!

    Maria
    x

  8. Valentina says:

    Contratulations! I love this pasta dish. I have such a soft spot for pasta. and sauces which can be considered somehow creamy are one of my favourites.

  9. noble pig says:

    That all that’s in the sauce? I have that in the fridge now! Wow, I have to try this one…I might become a white sauce fanatic!

  10. Debbie says:

    I have never had a pasta sauce with cream cheese but it sounds great. I will try that sometime!

  11. bakingblonde says:

    That sauce sounds so easy to make and those pictures are drool-worthy!

  12. glamah16 says:

    This is perfect and I imagine very tolerable during the preganancy. The cream cheese adds a nice richness.

  13. PheMom says:

    Looks tasty! I know I lost all desire to cook meals both times I was pregnant. It is pretty tough to try to eat perfectly, but I’m sure you’ll do great!

  14. hot garlic says:

    This sounds easy for sure! I have a really, REALLY easy pasta that I call “The Quickest, Easiest Meal You Will Ever Make” on my blog under the ‘chicken’ tab, I’ll email you the link. It is really tasty, and takes under 10 minutes start to finish.

    There is a more complicated version for company, but the simplified version would be great for a tired, pregnant mama. I wish I had thought of it during my pregnancies, it would have been exactly the type of thing I would have been craving {if I ever craved anything, again, I was too nauseous for that!}

    Thanks for putting in so much work when you probably are so tired!

  15. Grace says:

    a cream cheese sauce!?! heck yeah! and there’s something about peas in pasta that seems strange, but ends up being so very perfect.
    i look forward to being pregnant–i see it as an excuse to be lazy and eat whatever i want (within reason, of course). plus, there’s that whole creating-life thing… :)

  16. Beth says:

    I was soo tired when I was pregnant I completely understand why you wouldn’t have the energy to cook. I will be bookmarking this one and making when I don’t have the time or energy to cook anything too fancy.

  17. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I think I missed the post where you mention you are pregnant – congratulations, dear! Yay! :)

    I love the idea of making a white sauce swirled with pesto.

  18. April says:

    I was just thinking last night that I would like a recipe for a white sauce! Thanks!

  19. Jenny says:

    Yum, white sauce is one of my favorite sauces on pasta, This one sounds fantastic!

  20. Poonam says:

    Deb, congrats on the pregnancy! Like you recipe for the white sauce!

  21. Maria says:

    Congrats to you! That is so exciting!

    This looks like a simple, yet tasty sauce. Can’t wait to try it!

    And fun you had a Lichty crush, I just hope it wasn’t on my husband..ha! Just kidding!

  22. Julie says:

    I’ve never seen white sauce made with cream cheese before but what a great idea! I know that must be delicious.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  23. Mama Goose says:

    Um…. YUM!

    Hot dogs were about the only craving I had when I was pregnant. Oh. And beer. Thank goodness for O’Doul’s!

  24. Kristen says:

    When I was pregnant with my first, we ate tortillas and cheese almost every single night. Tortilla with shredded cheese melted in the microwave and rolled up. Yeah… .so let your hubby know it could be much, much worse :)

  25. veron says:

    I don’t care if this is a cheater alfredo sauce, it sounds simply sinful and delicious!

  26. Snooky doodle says:

    The pasta looks really yummy. you re making me hungry. and the cupcakes below are a good way of finishing the meal :-)

  27. Allison says:

    I’m convinced that all a person needs to live on are grilled cheeses, hot dogs, cereal, and desserts. So you’re on the right track.
    But oh my, those peas must have indeed been wonderful to a veggie starved person! (They look sooo awesome to me!)

  28. Danny says:

    uhm, the peas totally make this recipe scrumptous!

  29. Shandy says:

    Deborah, congratulations! How wonderful! The food that sounds the best to you right now also sound good to the rest of us.

    What you share with us in your blog is always warm and thoughtful. In fact, your food blog was the first food blog I ever read and was the reason I knew I wanted to continue my own. Hugs

  30. A_and_N says:

    hi, first time visitor. Congrats on the bundle of joy about to come in your life :) And the white sauce looks decadent :D The use of cream cheese in novel indeed.

  31. Kevin says:

    A cream cheese based white sauce sounds really tasty! Adding ham and peas and pesto sounds great!

  32. Paula says:

    Hey … wanted to follow up and let you know I made this white sauce. Oh. My. Lord. I only had 1/2 the amt of cream cheese so I added some sr. cream to make up the rest. All four burners on the stove were taken, so I heated it in the microwave. It was sublime. Truly, truly outstanding! Forget traditional white sauces; I’m sticking with this one. I’m sitting around thinking of things that I could put it on … including just licking the spoon. YUM!

  33. Becky says:

    That is awesome sauce! It’s a keeper! Thank you for sharing!

    Delish!

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