Creamy Fontina Cheese Pasta

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This creamy fontina cheese pasta is delightfully simple, made with only 3 ingredients and ready to serve in less than 15 minutes. Serve it as a side with some pan fried chicken and some veggies for a delicious weeknight meal.

Fontina cheese pasta served with chicken and peas on a white plate

I truly enjoy pasta – it’s one of my greatest pleasures, but I’m sure you have taken note of it if you’ve been following along through the years. This creamy fontina pasta is really easy and works well with just about any chicken dish. I love the minimal effort it requires and the great flavor.

Sometimes we hear the word creamy and you think that it must use cream or be a flour based sauce, but I think all of that is really unnecessary when you’re using fresh fontina. I just toss the hot pasta in a little melted butter until it’s coated and quickly toss it with shredded fontina. Simple, right? Sure, every now and then you’ll get a clump, but I call those bonus bites.

I served this creamy pasta alongside my prosciutto stuffed chicken and peas. If you want to give this pasta even more flavor, toss it in the pan you made the chicken in. You won’t regret it.

It’s also an amazing pasta dish on its own. You can stir in guanciale, pancetta or bacon or vegetables like peas or asparagus.

You can also make a batch of my favorite homemade egg noodles if you really want to up your weeknight dinner game! Yum.

Fontina Cheese Pasta Ingredients

  • Pasta – I like to use my easy egg noodles for this pasta dish. I like to use long pasta that gets coated by the delicious fontina cheese sauce. You can use spaghetti, bucatini or linguini.
  • Fontina Cheese – Grate you fontina cheese using a box grater so that incorporates easily with the pasta and butter. If you can’t find fontina, you can use gruyere, provolone or gouda.
  • Butter – I like to use salted butter to toss the pasta in, but you can use unsalted if that’s what you have and add a little salt for seasoning. The butter helps to thicken the sauce and cling to the pasta.
Using tongs to serve the fontina cheese pasta on to a plate

How To Make Fontina Cheese Pasta

  • Prep – Boil a large pot of water and coo your pasta and drain.
  • Combine – Add the butter and fontina to the pasta and toss.
  • Serve – Serve immediately.

What Is Fontina?

Fontina is a traditional Italian cheese made with cow’s milk. It is semi soft and has a mild buttery and nutty flavor. It’s a wonderful melting cheese that makes it so perfect for this creamy pasta dish. It has a waxy rind with small holes in the body of it.

The pasta being served next to a stuffed chicken breast


Where to Buy Fontina

Fontina cheese is now widely available in superstores in the deli section. If you can, buy Italian fontina, which is slightly more pungent, but American, Danish and Swedish are all good. You can buy pre-shredded fontina, but I would advise against it. Freshly grated melts much butter and has a fresher and stronger flavor.

To Store

This pasta is best served as soon as you have made it. If you make your own pasta, you can make that ahead of time and keep it in the fridge or cook it right from frozen.

Best Way To Cook Pasta

Pasta, whether you are using fresh or dried, shout always be cooked in a large pot of boiling, slightly salted water. Cook it in lots of water so that the pasta has room to move so that it doesn’t stick together. Cook the pasta al dente, as it will continue cooking once it has drained.

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Easy, 3 ingredient creamy fontina pasta recipe

Creamy Fontina Cheese Pasta

Author: Julie Blanner
This creamy fontina cheese pasta is delightfully simple, made with only 3 ingredients and ready to serve in less than 15 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 433 kcal


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 cup fontina freshly shredded
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  • Bring a pot of water to boil and prepare pasta.
  • Strain pasta and toss with butter and cheese. Serve immediately.


You can use fresh or dried pasta for this recipe.
Cook the pasta al dente in a large pot of salted water.
Serve this pasta with a side of protein and veggies. I served it with my Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast with Prosciutto and Easy Green Peas.


Calories:433kcalCarbohydrates:57gProtein:16gFat:16gSaturated Fat:9gCholesterol:46mgSodium:247mgPotassium:183mgFiber:2gSugar:2gVitamin A:434IUCalcium:139mgIron:1mg
5 from 1 vote
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