This Creamy Garlic Pasta is about to be a dinner win for the whole family! Made with delicious cheese, garlic, and pasta, you can’t go wrong!
Creamy Garlic Shells
There aren’t many foods that I love more than pasta dishes and garlic. If you’re like me, you’re going to absolutely love this homemade Creamy Garlic Pasta recipe!
This one-pot recipe makes it easy to want to ditch the packaged stuff. If you find yourself eating Knorr pasta sides, or more specifically Knorr Italian Sides Creamy Garlic Shells, this homemade version is going to blow your mind. With no artificial flavors and high-quality ingredients that are easy to add to your shopping list, this is one of the delicious side dishes you can make over and over.
This Creamy Garlic Noodles recipe uses small shell pasta, so it’s an excellent choice for little fingers and picky eaters. Plus, it is easy to prepare and won’t take a long time to cook, so it’s a great one to add to your meal plan.
This dish can be whipped up as one of your pasta side dishes, as part of a delicious main dish, or as a meal all by itself. It may just become the best part of your family-favorite meal!
The garlic shells are covered in a creamy garlic parmesan sauce, but there is no meat other than the chicken broth. You can add some boneless skinless chicken breasts if you want to add some additional protein, but it is full of flavor and delicious just as it is.
There is no heavy cream required for this recipe, so you might be surprised at how it is a treat for your taste buds. Choose from skim milk up to whole milk – whatever is in the fridge will work. Also, if you prefer romano cheese to parmesan cheese, that can be used as a substitute.
Serve your Creamy Garlic Shells with some Crispy Asparagus Fries on the side and call it a complete meal.
Creamy Garlic Pasta Recipe
8 oz mini pasta shells
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp parsley flakes
Add water to a large saucepan and let it come to a boil. Add in the shells and cook pasta for 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain the shells with a strainer in the sink and let them sit there.
Over medium heat in the same empty pot, melt butter, add olive oil, and mix them with a large nylon or wooden spoon.
Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds (do not let the garlic stay still and turn golden/brown or else you’ll have to start over, so keep stirring!)
Add your flour and stir for about a minute.
Now, add the chicken broth and milk to your large pot, stirring until thick and bubbly (about 4-5 minutes). Please remember to continue to stir the entire time or your sauce may burn.
Stir in the cheese, garlic powder, parsley flakes, and cooked pasta and mix until incorporated. Mix periodically until you see the creaminess you’re looking for.
Serve hot and top with parsley flakes and extra Parmesan to taste.
This recipe was adapted from Iowa Girl Eats recipe with minimal changes and it is absolutely delicious!
Can I Cook This Pasta Without Milk?
Yes! You can replace the milk in this recipe with water and add a little bit of extra olive oil, which contains the fat you’d be missing from the milk. You will not have as much of the creaminess in the sauce around your macaroni product, but you will still have a ton of flavor.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 357mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
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This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietician. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.