One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

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Try our quick and easy Creamy One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta! A delicious, comforting dish made with linguine, garlic, and Parmesan cheese in a creamy sauce. Perfect for busy weeknights.

Overhead shot of a bowl of creamy pasta garnished with parsley.

If you’re looking for a quick and comforting meal that doesn’t require a lot of cleanup, try our creamy one pot garlic parmesan pasta!

John and I absolutely love this dish; it’s one of his favorite creamy pasta dishes.

This one pot parmesan pasta is perfect for busy weeknights when you want something delicious without the fuss.

The combination of garlic, parmesan cheese, and creamy sauce is sure to become a family favorite.

If you love easy pasta recipes, you’ll also enjoy our pasta with peas, shrimp and pasta, and baked ziti.

Creamy pasta in a bowl with scattered garlic cloves and parsley around.

Tips for the Perfect One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta


Use Freshly Grated Parmesan: For the best flavor and texture, use freshly grated parmesan cheese rather than pre-shredded. It melts better and adds a richer taste to the sauce.

Add a Protein: To make this dish more filling, consider adding cooked chicken, shrimp, or crispy bacon bits. These proteins complement the creamy garlic parmesan sauce beautifully.

Make it Ahead: This pasta dish can be made ahead and reheated. Simply add a splash of chicken broth or heavy cream when reheating to maintain its creamy consistency.

A bowl of creamy pasta with garlic cloves and bread in the background.


Refrigerator: If you have any leftovers, let the pasta cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions: To reheat, place the pasta in a skillet over medium heat. Add a splash of chicken broth or heavy cream to help loosen the noodles, and stir occasionally until heated through.

You can also reheat in the microwave by placing the pasta in a microwave-safe dish and adding a splash of liquid. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until hot.

A close-up view of creamy pasta topped with fresh parsley.

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces linguine
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, optional
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  • In a large pot or deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 cloves garlic
  • Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the linguine, making sure the pasta is submerged in the liquid.
    3 cups chicken broth
    1 cup heavy cream
    8 ounces linguine
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the pasta cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until it is al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Stir in the grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Continue to stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy.
    1 cup grated parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Optional Spinach: If using, add the fresh spinach and cook for another 2-3 minutes until wilted.
    2 cups fresh spinach
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve immediately.

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  • The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1.5 cups of pasta. Actual calories will vary.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1.106mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2.544IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 2mg
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