Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta

November 6, 2022 1 Comment

This simple creamy garlic parmesan pasta is ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for a busy week night dinner.

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta

This creamy garlic parmesan pasta is a dinner time hero.

It’s fast, easy and absolutely delicious.

creamy garlic pasta

Who wouldn’t love a big bowl of warm pasta drenched in a creamy garlic parmesan sauce?

It’s a crowd pleaser for sure!

plated creamy garlic pasta

These are the kind of meals I like to make when the day gets busy and I don’t have much time to put something together for dinner.

I usually have these ingredients on hand, too.

creamy garlic parmesan pasta

When I get this pasta dish started I know it will be on the table in under 30 minutes.

That’s music to my ears when the kids are hungry.

rigatoni in a skillet with sauce

My family loves this easy pasta recipe. I know if you try it that you’ll love it, too.

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What should I serve with this?

This creamy garlic parmesan pasta can be served all on its own as a meal.

homemade garlic bread

If you’d like to add a little something extra to beef it up a bit I have some great suggestions that would be perfect with this.

easy cheesy garlic bread

Add a nice house salad and you’re all set!

What pasta should I use?

I always like to say that the choice is yours when it comes to stuff like this.

But if you need some direction I used rigatoni here.

rigatoni in boiling water

It’s a nice big tube like pasta that can really hold on to all of this creamy sauce.

Any tube pasta like this would be a good choice.

rigatoni in a strainer

If you don’t have that on hand and want to use another pasta shape that’s fine too.

Use whatever you want. Pasta is pasta and it’s all going to taste amazing in the end.

What pasta water?

You may have seen past water in the ingredients and thought to yourself, “huh”?

pasta water

Adding a little pasta water to your sauce is a great idea.

The water is salty and starchy so it helps to thicken and season the dish.

pasta water being added to sauce

Just make sure to boil your pasta in salted water and save a little towards the end of the cooking process to add to the sauce.

Other Pasta Dishes

If you love pasta I have some wonderful recipes I know you’ll love.

creamy tomato ravioli sauce

They’re all great for busy weekday dinners just like this one.

creamy pancetta and peas

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta Ingredients

creamy garlic parmesan pasta ingredients
  • Pasta (Rigatoni)
  • Cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic ( I used paste but you can use fresh)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Flour
  • Chicken stock


First melt the butter over medium high heat in a large skillet and add the garlic paste.

melted butter in a skillet

Next add the four and whisk it into the butter. Let it cook for a minute or two.

making a roux

Now slowly add in the chicken broth.

adding chicken stock to the skillet

Whisk it into the flour mixture until it’s smooth.

whisking flour into the butter

Then add the cream and stir.

adding cream

After that season it with salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil.

whisking in seasoning

Next add the Parmesan cheese and a ladle of pasta water.

scooping up pasta water

Add the rigatoni and stir everything together.

rigatoni pasta added to skillet

Finally serve warm and enjoy!

finished creamy rigatoni pasta

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta Recipe Video

Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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1 Comment

  • Glenda December 20, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    This looks amazing, but I don’t see the actual recipe with measurements, etc. Maybe my computer is not showing the recipe link?

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