Creamy Rotel Pasta

This creamy and delicious pasta dish has become a beloved weekly staple in our household. It’s quick to prepare, incredibly flavorful, and offers a delightful combination of creamy cheese, savory mushrooms, and the zesty kick of Rotel. Whether you’re looking for a comforting meal after a long day or something simple yet satisfying for the whole family, this dish is sure to please. Let’s dive into the ingredients, instructions, and why you’ll love it, along with some handy tips for making and storing this delightful meal.


  • 1 box of pasta (rotini or penne)
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 16-oz loaf of Velveeta (queso blanco kind)
  • A dash of garlic powder


  1. Cook the Pasta: Begin by cooking the pasta according to the package instructions. Ensure it’s cooked to al dente for the best texture.
  2. Prepare the Sauce: While the pasta is cooking, cut the Velveeta into smaller chunks for easier melting. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the Rotel, cream of mushroom soup, and Velveeta chunks. Stir occasionally until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Season: Add a dash of garlic powder to the cheese mixture and stir well to incorporate.
  4. Combine: Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add it to the saucepan with the cheese mixture. Stir thoroughly to ensure every piece of pasta is coated with the creamy sauce.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of additional garlic powder or fresh herbs if desired.

Why You’ll Love It

  1. Quick and Easy: This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights, coming together in just about 20 minutes.
  2. Minimal Ingredients: With only five main ingredients, this dish is straightforward and budget-friendly.
  3. Creamy and Comforting: The combination of Velveeta and cream of mushroom soup creates an ultra-creamy sauce that’s pure comfort food.
  4. Zesty Kick: The Rotel adds a delightful, mildly spicy flavor that enhances the overall taste.
  5. Family Favorite: It’s a hit with both kids and adults, making it a reliable go-to meal.
  6. Versatile: You can easily customize it by adding your favorite vegetables or proteins like cooked chicken or ground beef.
  7. Leftover-Friendly: This dish reheats well, making it perfect for leftovers.
  8. Great for Potlucks: Its rich flavor and easy preparation make it a crowd-pleaser for gatherings.
  9. Nostalgic Flavor: It reminds many of classic, comforting dishes from their childhood.
  10. One-Pot Wonder: Minimal cleanup is required, which is always a bonus!

Tips for Making

  • Cheese Choice: While queso blanco Velveeta is recommended, you can experiment with other types of Velveeta or even a mix of cheeses for different flavors.
  • Pasta Texture: Cooking the pasta al dente ensures it holds up well when mixed with the creamy sauce.
  • Add-ins: Feel free to add cooked vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, or even spinach for extra nutrition and flavor.
  • Spice Level: If you prefer a spicier dish, opt for a hotter version of Rotel or add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

How to Store

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheating: To reheat, place the desired amount in a microwave-safe dish and heat in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until warmed through. You can also reheat it on the stove over low heat, adding a splash of milk if the sauce has thickened too much.
  • Freezing: Although this pasta dish is best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze it. Allow it to cool completely, then place it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.


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