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Garlic Parmesan Pasta (One Pot!)

This creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta is easy to make at home in one pot! Angel hair pasta cooks in a flavorful buttery cream sauce in just 10 minutes. Pair this with chicken, steak, or shrimp for a delicious meal that your family will love!

 Serve this with Creamy Garlic Shrimp or Creamy Lemon Chicken and a side of my Garlic Bread with Cheese!

A skillet filled with creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta topped with Parsley

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

This recipe is a GEM in our house. Even my super picky four year old loves this pasta. (I mean what kid can really say no to buttery pasta noodles?)

If you’re looking for something great to pair this with, I recommend my chicken piccata or creamy lemon chicken for that! 

What’s great about this meal is that it takes 20 minutes from beginning to end, prep work and all. Set a timer, I kid you not! Nothing beats a 30 minute meal (or less) that you can rely on.

How to Make it

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, cook for one minute. Then add the chicken broth

A skillet with garlic and butter with chicken broth to make Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Stir in the milk. Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the pasta. 

A skillet with cream and pasta being added to make Garlic Parmesan Pasta

You will eventually be able to twist the pasta into the pan as it heats up. Kitchen tongs work well for this.

Angel hair pasta being added to cream sauce for Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Let the pasta cook for 4-5 minutes. Once the pasta is done, reduce heat to low.  Add 1 tbsp butter and toss to coat. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese into the sauce and stir to combine. It will thicken upon standing.

Finishing creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta in a skillet.

The Trick to Extra Creamy Sauce

  • Purchase a block of high-quality Parmesan cheese. Always shred the cheese yourself, it will taste and melt much better.  I use Belgioioso Parmesan cheese. Note that cheese that is very aged will not melt as well. 
  • Turn off the heat before adding the cheese, if the base is too hot, the dairy will separate and you’ll have a grainy consistency instead of creamy.
  • Add the cheese gradually as opposed to all at once. Stir it continuously as it’s added.

Using Spaghetti Instead of Angel Hair

If you prefer to use regular spaghetti: Add an extra 1/2 cup of chicken broth, an extra 1/2 cup of milk, and up to 1/3 cup more cheese. You’ll need about 12-15 minutes of cooking time, refer to the package for guidance on how much time is needed to cook the pasta.


What to Serve with Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Storing Leftovers

  • Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • You can also freeze it and store it for up to 3 months.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta in a skillet topped with parsley.

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Garlic Parmesan Pasta in a skillet with kitchen tongs topped with parsley.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta (One Pot!)

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This creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta is easy to make at home in one pot! Angel hair pasta cooks in a flavorful buttery cream sauce in just 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta
  • Fresh Parsley, to garnish

Optional seasonings: ¼ tsp of each: onion powder, oregano, thyme, parsley, pepper.

    Instructions

    • Grate the Parmesan cheese and set it aside to allow it to get to room temperature.
    • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large skillet.
    • Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Add the chicken broth and optional seasoning mix. Slowly add the milk, stirring as you do so. Bring to a boil.
    • Add the pasta noodles. You can break them in half for a better fit, or allow them to heat and use kitchen tongs to twist them into the skillet as they soften.
    • Let the pasta simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the noodles don't stick together. Reduce heat to low.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the warm pasta and toss to coat.
    • Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring as you do so, until smooth and well-combined. Note: The sauce will be thin at first but will thicken nicely upon standing. The pasta will continue to absorb more of the sauce as well.
    • Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with Garlic Bread with Cheese!

    Notes

    Pro Tips:
    • Make sure the liquid is boiling when the pasta is added for the right consistency.
    • The video shows this being made with half and half. I tend to use milk now, as the sauce ends up thickening up just a tad more than I would like with half and half, but I have successfully made it with either one! 🙂 
    • Purchase a block of high-quality Parmesan cheese. Always shred the cheese yourself, it will taste and melt much better.  I use Belgioioso Parmesan cheese. Note that cheese that is very aged will not melt as well. 
    • Turn off the heat before adding the cheese, if the base is too hot, the dairy will separate and you'll have a grainy consistency instead of creamy.
    • Add the cheese gradually as opposed to all at once. Stir it continuously as it's added.
    • Adding Chicken: If you'd like to add chicken to this, try my Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken! It's like an amped up version of this recipe!

    If you prefer to use regular spaghetti: Add an extra 1/2 cup of chicken broth, an extra 1/2 cup of milk, and up to 1/3 cup more cheese. You'll need about 12-15 minutes of cooking time, refer to the package for guidance on how much time is needed to cook the pasta.

    Serve this with:

    Nutrition

    Calories: 382kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 735mg, Potassium: 327mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 461IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 244mg, Iron: 1mg
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    161 comments on “Garlic Parmesan Pasta (One Pot!)”

    1. I have made this several times. My family loves them and it’s super quick and easy to make. 

    2. Haven’t tried this yet but it looks amazing!!!  Just signed up for your meal plan and I’m super excited bc everything on it looks Delicious!!!  I don’t consider myself a pickey eater….I eat with my eyes and rarely do I find a meal plan that I’m so excited to try it ALL!!. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. And can I just say I absolutely hate going to the grocery (even though I love cooking) and when I saw the  grocery list all put together….I almost cried tears of joy 🥹. Lol. Seriously thank you so much for helping this mama of 2 pickey eaters out!!!

      • Hi Emily! I am so happy to hear that I was able to help you out, I’m excited for you to start trying some recipes!! 🙂 Thank you for your support! -Stephanie

    3. Making this tonight. Ever tried roasted garlic instead of minced? I know it’s totally different but happen to have some so thought I’d ask ;)! Thanks! Can’t wait to make!

    4. Would this work with almond milk? I use it as an equal sub for milk in other recipes, but haven’t tried it with pasta yet.

      • I do think that would work just fine, you may want to heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so just to temper it a little first, to avoid curdling. The sauce may be a little thin at first but it will thicken upon standing.

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