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 Chicken Piccata and a side of my Cheesy Garlic Bread!

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?) She even likes this with chicken. (Not chicken nuggets, actual chicken.) Something about pairing this pasta with chicken works for her. Personally, I recommend my chicken piccata for that!

What’s even better about this, 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.

Ingredients

The bottom of this post also contains recipe card with ingredients and full instructions.

  • Chicken Broth
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese– Grated into a fine powder from a block.
  • Angel Hair Pasta–  Use 2 cups of chicken broth if you use spaghetti instead.
  • Half and Half– Can sub whole milk, don’t let it get too hot or it can curdle.
  • Fresh Parsley, to garnish

Optional Seasoning to add when you add the chicken broth: ¼ tsp of each: [onion powder, oregano, thyme, parsley, pepper.]

Adding Lemon (Optional): 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, mixed in at the end once the pasta is finished and removed from the heat.

How to Make it

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

Add the half and half, then 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. If the liquid begins to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low. Once the pasta is done, turn off the heat. 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.
  • 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.
  • Warm milk can also be added to the sauce to thin it out a little bit if needed, especially if refrigerating and reheating.

Using Spaghetti Instead of Angel Hair

If you prefer to use regular spaghetti, use 2 cups of chicken broth instead of 1.5, and increase the simmering time based on the instructions on the package.


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!)

5 from 14 votes
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
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half*
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta,, (equal to 1/2 lb.)
  • Fresh Parsley, to garnish

Optional Seasoning to add when you add the chicken broth: 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 the 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 half and half, stirring as you do so.
    • 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. If the liquid starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low. Remove from the heat.
    • 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!

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    Notes

    If you substitute spaghetti, use 2 cups chicken broth and 12-15 minutes of cooking time.

    *Milk can be used instead of half and half, but make sure the base is warm (not hot), when you add it to avoid curdling. Warming the milk in the microwave first will also help prevent curdling. Whole milk works best.
    **Warm milk can also be added to the sauce to thin it out a little bit if needed, especially if refrigerating and reheating.

    Optional Additions

    Nutrition

    Calories: 430kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 627mg, Potassium: 336mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 574IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 244mg, Iron: 1mg