Pasta A La Huancaina

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Pasta a la Huancaina

Growing up, a dish my family would always make was Papa a la Huancaina. Served either as a side dish, main entree, or as a dip, the Huancaina sauce was always prepared at my house for any occasion. Even today, whenever my friends come over, they always request for me to make them that "creamy potato dish"!

Over the years, that "creamy potato dish" has become a popular culinary staple. Huancaina sauce, the cheesy and spicy cream that serves as the topping for Papa a la Huancaina, enhances almost any dish. There are many different ways to serve this delicious cheesy sauce, not just with Papa (potato) anymore. 

My personal favorites are: dip for fried yucca fries or served over pasta!

Since the Huancaina sauce has a cheese base, it works well for making the Pasta a la Huancaina fusion. 

I've tried many pasta brands and the one I love and always purchase is Barilla. Barilla is a blank canvas for any flavors to put a unique twist to an Italian favorite. Always al dente, always perfect!

Barilla Pasta

Traditionally, Huancaina is made with crackers, oil and aji amarillo. Although that version is how most people prepare it, my family has their own version and one that is always a big hit whenever I make it.


 • 8 oz of Barilla Spaghetti (Penne would also work)
 • 6 oz of Queso Blanco (white cheese)
 • 3 Slices of white bread- without the crust
 • 1 Cup of evaporated milk
 • 1/3 tsp of Salt
 • 1/2 tsp of Garlic powder
 • 1/2 tsp of Yellow food coloring
 • 1 tsp of Rocoto (hot sauce)

Pasta a la Huancaina- Barilla


1. Blend Queso Blanco and half a cup of evaporated milk
2. Add salt, garlic powder, yellow food coloring, hot sauce and blend
3. Add white bread and the remaining evaporated milk (half a cup). Blend until smooth consistency
4. Pour over hot cooked pasta
5. Serve with Parmesan cheese and Chili flakes (optional)

Pasta a la Huancaina

If you want to add a protein to this dish, you can serve it with Churrasco or Anticuchos.

Pasta a la Huancaina

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Have you tried Papa or Pasta a la Huancaina before?