Cheesy Creamy Pasta Casserole

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 8 servings


Cheesy Creamy Pasta Casserole is as delicious and almost as easy as your traditional mac and cheese! The difference? An additional touch of nutritious vegetables mixed in a variety of melted cheeses. Dare to serve your family something different!


  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) any tube pasta (rigatoni, mostaccioli or penne)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (14 3/4 oz.) cream-style corn, divided
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) sliced pimentos, drained, divided
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped, divided
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Chihuahua cheese or Monterey Jack cheese


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COOK pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.

MELT butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and black pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil and thickens. Remove from heat; set aside.

SPREAD 1/3 of white sauce on the bottom of prepared dish. Top sauce with half of pasta, 1/3 of sauce, half of creamed corn, half of pimentos and half of poblano. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Repeat with remaining pasta, sauce, corn, pimientos and poblano. Top with Chihuahua cheese. Cover with foil.

BAKE for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.


by K. Kayce , on Apr. 2010

I love this recipe and make it often. Not only do I make it for dinner for a group, I make it just for myself because it makes a great left over.

pretty good

by J. Jillian , Chula Vista, CA on Nov. 2009

I deleted a few things due to the taste level of my family and this was pretty good... probably won't be eaten too often in my house...

cheesey creamy pasta casserole

by M. Maryann , nottingham on Nov. 2009

I made this dish for the kids and they told me that it was excellent tasting.

Good for the Family

by B. Brooke , Macon, MO on Sep. 2008

This recipe is good. My family doesn't like pimentos or poblano peppers so I added diced chicken instead.


by m. melissa , portage,IN on Oct. 2006

Recipe was chosen because of all the positive reviews. I followed the recipe but did omit the poblano pepper. i added chicken breast. I found this recipe to be ok, just nothing special. Maybe if I had added the pepper it may have be more flavorful. My family just dont like peppers.

Cheesy Creamy Pasta Cassrole

by D. Doris , Gahanna, OH on Sep. 2006

My family loves mac-cheese cassroles. So this one is a favorite already. Easy to make and easier to eat.


by L. LYNNE , YACOLT, WA on Aug. 2006


Easy & Nutritious

by J. Jeannie , MARION, KY on Feb. 2006

My daughter called to say they were an hour away and would be detouring from their route to stop here briefly. I wanted a fast yummy lunch! I fixed this, added some sliced ripe olives that the grandbabies love, sided it with fresh fruit and hot homemade cornsticks. It made a really delicious and nutritious meal in a hurry and they loved it!


by A. AMANDA , NORTH AUGUSTA, SC on Oct. 2005

This recipe was not only colorful, but delicious! Thank you for sharing!

easy and delicious

by Y. Yvonne , VICTORIA, BC on Aug. 2005

I love variations on classic comfort foods. Added some chopped jalapeno to this recipe for extra spice and it was delicious.