TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 8 to 12 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup diced fully cooked ham, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 315 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic in oil until lightly browned. Stir in the flour, cornstarch, garlic salt, pepper and basil until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Reduce heat;whisk in cream cheese and Parmesan cheese until smooth. Add ham if desired; heat through. Drain pasta; add to sauce and toss to coat. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Angel Hair Alfredo in Country Woman July/August 2002, p39

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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marja123 User ID: 4633739 205041
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Sauce too thick, but would make again with more milk. Also, I think this would be really good with fresh basil"

jellybean100 User ID: 6443302 129947
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Did not enjoy!"

hollyshapiro User ID: 2597731 87231
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"Very easy and tasty. I made it with lowfat cream cheese and 1% milk."

Justquilting User ID: 5256080 80160
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"I think omitting the cornstarch would make the sauce a little less think and better with the pasta. It was good just a little too thick. Everyone liked it but thought it wasn't saucy enough."

Rube1234 User ID: 1260707 35765
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"I thought the sauce was too thick and lacked flavor, even with the ham. Perhaps more spices and a bit more milk would help this recipe, but I will not make it again."

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 85840
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"Recipe was a little bland. I had added a lot more garlic powder, pepper and basil than what recipe called for. I also added salt, onion powder and lemon juice. I used skim milk but sauce still came out to thick. I would suggest using more milk than what the recipe call for. This is a recipe that I will make again but continue to make modifications to suite my taste."

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