20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta

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This recipe for 20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta is a game changer. I love pasta, but many of my favorite pasta dishes are classics, which can take awhile to make. This beauty though, is ready to eat in 20 minutes. The thing that takes the longest, is just cooking the noodles!

20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta is super quick to make and tastes so rich and delicious!!

Normally, I am the chief cook and bottle washer in my home, but my husband is always willing to jump in and help, provided I leave him instructions on what needs to be done. Due to the current Coronavirus situation and my change of schedule, he has made this recipe the last two times, completely by himself.

I want to tell you, Opa hit it out of the park with this recipe. I am not trying to brag on him, but if my hubs can make this and blow my mind, you can too! Now that I just implied he is inept in the kitchen, which he is not, I do need to give him credit for making some of my all time favorites. He makes the world’s best refried beans, BBQ’d steaks, eggs of all sorts and of course, his reigning All Star status still stands, for his sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches. Nobody can touch him in these categories and now, I can add 20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta to his list.

20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta is two kinds of cheese, garlic and butter stirred together with delicious, tender noodles. This made it onto our favorites list the very first time we tried it!!!

This is a basic pasta recipe that is rich and delicious. The ingredients are things you most likely have in your fridge right now. There are no crazy ingredients that the kids are going to turn their noses at, so you can be sure they will eat well and leave table with a full belly.

To make this dish, you will need pasta noodles. We normally use spaghetti noodles, but if for reason you do not have these, you can use linguini, fettuccine or for that matter just about any noodle you have. You are going to want to get a pot of water boiling. Make sure to salt your water, because as the noodles cook in the water, they are also being seasoned by the saltiness in the water. Cooking pasta in salted water makes a huge difference in the taste, so don’t forget to salt your water!

While your pasta is cooking, you are going to get a skillet out and place it over medium heat on the stove top. Place you butter into the skillet to start melting while you slice or chop your garlic. Once your garlic is prepped, add it to the butter and saute for 1-2 minutes. If you notice the garlic browning, turn down the heat. Burned garlic is bitter, so we want to avoid that. Once your garlic has been sauteeing for a couple of minutes, add your cream cheese. Since cream cheese comes in a block, you will want break it up into smaller pieces, in order to help it melt more evenly in the butter. Once the cream cheese is softened and melting, add the heavy cream and about 1 cup of hot pasta water, as well as the parmesan cheese and spices. Mix this together until well incorporated, then add the drained pasta to the skillet. Gently toss the pasta in the sauce to coat. Garnish with more parmesan and red pepper flakes when serving.

20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta

20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta is two kinds of cheese, garlic and butter stirred together with delicious, tender noodles.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 cloves sliced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup hot, pasta water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup grated, parmesan cheese (plus more to sprinkle on top of when serving)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • red pepper flakes sprinkled on top when done
  • 1 pound dry, pasta noodles


  • Boil pasta in large pot of salted water until al dente.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter and add sliced garlic then saute over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Add to the garlic butter, cream cheese broken up into smaller pieces. Stir this into the butter as it melts.
  • When the cream cheese is almost melted, add the hot pasta water, heavy cream, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Mix well to make sure all components of the sauce are melted, hot and well incorporated.
  • When sauce is done and pasta is cooked, add the pasta to the sauce and gently toss to make sure pasta is well coated.
  • When serving this, sprinkle extra parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes on top. Enjoy!!
Keyword 20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta, Easy Pasta recipe, Quick and Easy Recipe

While this is a simple recipe, easily made with basic items, don’t underestimate how delicious it is. 20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta has all of the components for the perfect comfort food. I have another delicious creamy pasta recipe on the blog you may want check out. Many of my followers have reached out to let me know how much they loved it and I think you will too. Leftover Ham and Creamy Pasta uses up your leftover meat, so it is a hearty bowl of pasta. Make yourself a treat tonight and whip up a batch of 20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Pasta, then sit yourself down with a big bowlful and enjoy!!

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