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One Pot Creamy Parmesan Pasta

This One Pot Creamy Parmesan Pasta is not only creamy and delicious but it's super quick to make, ready in 30 minutes and pure comfort food! The secret of this one pot dish is in its simplicity! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 639kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz penne uncooked
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 2 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped


  • Saute the garlic: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Add pasta and broth: Stir in the chicken broth, milk and penne. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the pasta: Bring everything to a boil then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the pasta is cooked through.
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


If you find the sauce is too thick or the pasta is not cooked but you ran out of liquid, simply add another splash of hot water. Keep in mind that the pasta should be al dente, meaning cooked but still firm to the bite.
This dish is also delicious the next day, just be sure to store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 – 4 days. You can freeze this recipe too, it’ll stay fresh for up to 3 months in an airtight container.


Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1570IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 1.2mg