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This One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta is an easy and delicious meal that comes together in only 20 minutes! The creamy, cheesy sauce pairs perfectly with the garlic flavor making it a comforting and satisfying dish. You can even customize it by adding your favorite proteins like grilled chicken or shrimp for a complete meal.
There is nothing more satisfying than a giant bowl of creamy, cheesy pasta. More specifically, this one pot garlic parmesan pasta. I was so surprised when I made this because I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I was going to love it based on the short ingredient list and ease of it, but I did not expect that flavor bomb in my mouth. I guess you can say garlic and cheese always makes things better, huh?
Why You’ll Love This
So fast. Seriously wicked fast. It takes about 20 minutes to make the entire dish and it’s mostly thanks to the angel hair pasta that cooks in a snap!
Creamy, cheesy, and comforting. The three C’s of cooking! Not really, but you can almost guarantee if a recipe is creamy, cheesy, and comforting, it is a recipe to save and make over and over again! It’s so rich and satisfying.
Customizable to suit your taste. You can make garlic parmesan pasta as a side dish to a larger protein like a steak or salmon dish or you can add in proteins to make it a complete meal.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make one pot garlic parmesan pasta. Make sure to scroll down to view the full recipe for more details.
- Chicken stock
- Heavy cream
- Pasta – angel hair for this as it cooks super fast!
- Parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley
How To Make
Take a look at the recipe card below for detailed instructions on how to make this garlic parmesan pasta. For now, here are the basics.
Sauté the garlic and heat up the sauce. In a large skillet, sauté the minced garlic with a little bit of olive oil. Add the chicken stock and heavy cream. Bring to a low simmer.
Break and add the pasta. I personally like breaking the angel hair in half then adding it to the skillet but if you have a large enough skillet that holds the length of the angel hair then you can leave it full. Add the pasta to the skillet and make sure it is submerged in the liquid.
Cook the pasta. Allow pasta to cook for about 7 minutes then remove from heat.
Fold in the cheese. Add the parmesan cheese and stir to incorporate. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top, if using. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Substitutions and Variations
If you want to use spaghetti or something other than angel hair, you may have to increase the amount of liquid used.
Short pastas might not work as well as thin, long pastas in this dish.
You may substitute 2% or whole milk for the heavy cream. Or use half and half.
Add in your favorite protein if you feel that you want to make this a more complete meal. I actually microwaved grilled chicken strips and chopped them up and stirred them in the pasta at the end. Shrimp would be a great addition as well!
Tips for Success
One pot garlic parmesan pasta is relatively easy to make, but here are some tips and tricks to help you make it a success!
- Use thin pasta. Thick pastas like linguine or bucatini, while delicious, won’t work well in this recipe in terms of “quick.” They take a lot longer to cook and will require more liquids.
- Fresh grate the parmesan cheese. I know it’s so much quicker to just grab a container but if you freshly grate it, it’ll melt so much better and be creamier and smoother.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
This will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days. To reheat, you’ll need to add a splash of liquid (water or chicken stock) to help it not be as thick and stuck together.
What to Serve with Garlic Parmesan Pasta
More creamy pasta recipes to enjoy!
- One Pan Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi
- Creamy Vegan Pasta Shells
- One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
- Creamy Zucchini Lemon Pasta
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 8 ounces angel hair pasta
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
- Add a little olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream and chicken stock to the skillet and bring to a low simmer. Once the liquid is at a low simmer, add the angel hair pasta. You may need to break it in half when you add it. Make sure the pasta is completely submerged in the liquid. Cover and let cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you need more liquid, add a little at a time.
- Once the pasta is cooked through and liquid has mostly evaporated, remove from heat and add the parmesan cheese. Stir to incorporate and add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.
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