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Cheesecake Factory Pasta Napoletana Recipe

Cheesecake Factory Pasta Napoletana Recipe

Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta Napoletana is an indulgent dish. It is made with Spaghetti Pasta simmered in a flavorful Napoletana Sauce and topped with fresh Parmesan Cheese. If you are looking for something special to serve at your next dinner party, or just want a delicious Italian meal, this recipe is sure to please!
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 427kcal


  • 750 g Barilla Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1.5 cups Italian Sausage
  • 3/4 cup Mushrooms
  • 300 g Ground Beef
  • 1200 g Barilla Napoletana Sauce
  • 1 large Onion (diced)
  • 1.5 cups Pepperoni
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup Beef Bacon Bits
  • 270 g cream cheese
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp McCormick Italian seasoning mix
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Happy Belly cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Begin by preparing the pasta according to the package instructions. Set aside when done.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F/ 190°C/ Gas mark 5 and lightly grease an oven-safe baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  • In a large skillet, cook the Italian sausage until golden brown and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel for excess fat absorption.
  • In the same skillet, add ground beef and pepperoni until softened, about 8 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the pan before adding mushrooms, onion and garlic to sauté in the remaining oil until fragrant, about 4 minutes more.
  • Add Barilla Napoletana sauce to the beef mixture and keep it over low heat, stirring occasionally while preparing the white buttery Parmesan cream sauce.
  • To make the white buttery Parmesan cream sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cream cheese until smooth, then slowly add milk; whisk continuously as you pour.
    Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy whipping cream, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, cheddar cheese and season with garlic powder, onion powder and salt & pepper to taste.
    Cook for about 8 minutes or until slightly thickened, constantly stirring so that it doesn’t stick or burn to the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the prepared pasta into the baking dish, followed by the cooked beef mixture, before pouring the white buttery Parmesan cream sauce over the top and mixing lightly.
  • Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before serving with a side salad, garlic bread or your favorite Italian accompaniments!


  • Be sure to drain the fat from the beef, sausage and pepperoni before adding mushrooms, onion and garlic.
  • If you don't have Barilla Napoletana sauce on hand, feel free to substitute it with your favorite marinara or spaghetti sauce.
  •  To cut down on prep time, reduce the cooking time of white buttery Parmesan cream sauce and use pre-shredded cheese instead of grating it yourself.
  • The dish can be served hot or cold, making it a great option for summer picnics as well!
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