Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

Main Dishes · Pasta · Recipes · October 16, 2017

Super simple and delicious Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe packed with flavor. This dish is perfect by itself or you can add chicken too!

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta - an easy pasta recipe everyone loves!

I LOVE pasta! I mean, who doesn’t?! It can be made into so many different recipes – from salads to main courses, and is always delicious!! I mean, yes, they have carbs, but this girl needs them in her life because I cook with them ALL the time. In fact, now that I think about it, we usually have pasta at least once a week. From Spaghetti to Fettuccine Alfredo, it’s something the whole family loves so we have it quite often. This next dish is another one of those dishes you can add to the meal plan, because it’s simple and definitely delicious. This Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta is great on it’s own but could be even heartier if you add chicken or another favorite meat to eat.

If you like pasta dishes I would definitely try this one out. It’s super cheesy and has just the right touch of garlic and other spices making it another “go-to” dinner recipe!

How to make Garlic Penne Pasta:

One of the main reasons we love this dish is because it’s simple and quick! You can make it start to finish in about 20 minutes. That’s my kind of dinner recipe! Just follow these easy steps…

  1. Cook pasta according to packaged directions.
  2. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan, add garlic. Cook for 1 minute over medium heat.
  3. Add flour and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Add milk and broth, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce boils and thickens.
  5. Add parsley and parmesan cheese. Add desired salt and pepper. Continue stirring until cheese has melted. Mix in pasta and Serve immediately.

If you want it extra cheesy, just add 1/2 – 1 cup of your favorite cheese. The kids love when I do this!

The BEST Penne Pasta dish - so cheesy and delicious!

If you want to make this recipe even more cheesy, add 1/2 – 1 cup of your favorite cheese (we usually do shredded Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese), and it takes to a whole new level of delicious-ness! πŸ˜‰

We love serving pasta like this we an easy SIDE DISH and some Cheesy garlic bread. Just another quick, easy dinner meal!

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Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta
Super simple and delicious Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta recipe packed with flavor. This dish is perfect by itself or you can add chicken for a more hearty meal.
Recipe type: Dinner/Main Dish
Serves: 6
  • 1 box (1 lb) penne pasta
  • 3 TB butter
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 TB flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to packaged directions.
  2. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan, add garlic.
  3. Cook for 1 minute over medium heat
  4. Add flour and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add milk and broth, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce boils and thickens.
  6. Add parsley and parmesan cheese. Add desired salt and pepper. Continue stirring until cheese has melted. Serve immediately.
  7. Pour sauce over pasta and serve.

Recipe adapted from HERE.

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta - a simple and delicious dinner recipe the entire family loves.

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    Looks delicious! Pinned!
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      Amy, how did you pin it? I don’t see that option. Thanks!

    Victoria {Scissors & Sage}

    This looks like an incredibly delicious and simple dinner option. I love pasta, and often look for ways to change things up a bit. Thanks! -Victoria
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    This looks great! I just have one question. Does it matter what type of milk you use?I only usually have 1 % milk. Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      Whole milk always seems to taste best but I don’t think there is much difference if you use 1% or 2 %. πŸ˜‰

    Carisa Smith

    Pasta is my weakness. This looks super simple and delish! Pinned!!

      Lil' Luna

      Same, Carisa! It’s just so easy most the time and OH-SO delicious. πŸ˜‰

    Brooke Heeb

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it out!


    Found you on the Made by you Monday link party. Love the garlic penne. I pinned it and started following you on Google +.



    I’ve made this twice already and both times it was great! The first time I added some veggies and the second time I threw in some veggies and shrimp. This is now on my list of dinners to make when I need something quick. I think my favorite thing is that I always have all of the ingredients on hand.

      Lil' Luna

      Don’t you love simple and delicious recipes that you always have the ingredients on hand for?! And great idea to add veggies!

    Sarah @ The Teacher's Wife

    This looks delicious! I’m a sucker for creamy pastas! πŸ™‚


    I love pasta! Just wondering, how many does this serve?


    I made this last weekend, tossed it with chicken, it was soooooo good! I’m making it again this weekend. We had enough left over for lunches for the week, too! Great recipe, thank you so much!

      Lil' Luna

      Hi, Dawn! Thank you so much for sytopping by. Glad you liked this. Reminded me that I need to make it again soon too! Happy Thanksgiving!


    Very easy and delicious recipie! I’ve made cream sauces in the past that just didn’t work for me. This one worked great! I used powdered garlic (didn’t have fresh on hand), half and half cream as I was trying to use it up, and dill instead of parsley. Would go excellent with chicken!

      Lil' Luna

      All your substitutions sound amazing! This is a recipe we love too – so glad you like it!


        Hi Luna,

        I just found this recipe and I plan to make this dish tonight! Since it’s just me, I probably will only cook half of the box of pasta…. would I need to scale back the ingredients if I do? Thanks!

          Lil' Luna

          Just now seeing this. I would probably 1/3 the recipe for an individual size. 1/3 box, 1 TB butter, 1 tsp. garlic, 1 TB flour, 1/3 cup chicken broth, 1/3 cup milk, 1 tsp. parsley, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. πŸ˜‰

    GΓ©raldine M

    Hi! I’m from Europ and I’m not sure about tsp and TB.
    Does it mean teaspoon and tablesoon?
    Thank you!!


    Thank you so much!! Just made this for dinner and it was amazing!!! Everything turned out great!


    I found this recipe the other day on Pinterest and just made it tonight. I added a little more butter (because my family uses skim milk) and simmered all the ingredients a couple of minutes extra for each step.
    This recipe was absolutely heavenly! It was really simple and super delicious!

      Lil' Luna

      Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m glad it wa sa hit! πŸ™‚


    How many does this serve and do you think it would go well with Italian Sausage?

      Lil' Luna

      I think Italian sausage would be great with this!! Whenever I make it, we usually feed 6-8 people. πŸ˜‰


    I usually don’t comment on any website. But this recipe is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life!! It is so simple and doesn’t take a long time to do! I’ve done it like 5 times this month!

      Lil' Luna

      Oh, I LOVE to hear that Beatrice!! It’s one of our favorites too. Definitely simple and so delicious. πŸ˜‰


    Mine turned out to be brown sauce…why?


      Me too! I’m making it now and haven’t tried yet but it smells good


      I’m guessing you might have browned the flour too much. You really want a blonde (or slightly less) roux, so make sure you have your liquids ready before you add the garlic and flour. Adding the liquids is what will stop them from Browning.

        Kristyn Merkley

        I agree, Chris. It probably burned a little. I like to have everything ready & I don’t leave it, once I’ve started, because it can, quick.


    Loved it! Added some fresh sliced baby Bella mushrooms. Turned out fantastic! Sure to be showing up on our table again. πŸ™‚


    Thanks for sharing this simple and delicious recipe! I added leftover chicken. Could have added some veggies too, but didn’t this time around.

      Lil' Luna

      Chicken would be great in there!! It’s a great versatile recipe:) Thank you for trying this recipe!


    Looks great but that is rigatoni pasta not penne.

      Lil' Luna

      I did use penne, but you could use whatever pasta you like πŸ™‚


      Came here to say the same thing. Lol!

    Jazmin Oliver

    This sounds amazing! Can I substitute a different broth to accommodate vegetarians?

      Lil' Luna

      Of course, though I haven’t tried that. If you do, let us know what you used and how it came out! Thanks so much and enjoy!!


    This recipe is delicious! I made it for my husband tonight, however I did substitute Mozarella cheese for Parmesan. Thank you for the delicious recipe, it is going in our keeper file!


    Made this recipe tonight for my husband and son and they absolutely loved it! This recipe was very delicious…!!πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜Š Thank you.

      Lil' Luna

      That is great!! I’m so glad they liked it. We love it! Thank you for giving it a try and of course, for letting me know πŸ™‚

    Top 10 Aarti

    This looks really yummy-going to try this soon!
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    this exceeded my expectations! yum! I used half a cup of whole milk and half a cup of half and half. I didn’t have broth, so I substituted white wine. I added salt and white pepper to taste. I also added a dash of garlic powder to taste, at the end, to emphasize the garlic flavor. I ate this on top of pasta with peas! tastes great with and without the peas mixed in the sauce. this was quick and easy to make. the sauce came together nicely. the consistency was very creamy. my only complaint is that my stomach isn’t big enough to eat more!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!! I am so glad you tried it and loved it!! I love the changes you made. I’ll have to try your way πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing!


    This is the first pasta recipe I have ever followed, in fact the first recipe in general I’m just learning to cook. I’m really happy I found this, the pasta was fairly easy to make, and tastes delicious πŸ˜€ Will definitely be cooking this when I go to uni next year, thank you for sharing!

      Lil' Luna

      You are so welcome!! I am so glad you found it easy πŸ™‚ I have tons of super easy & quick recipes, so keep checking back πŸ™‚ Thank you!


    except that’s rigatoni, not penne, but looks good!


    This really looks delicious that it made me crave for pasta. Off now to the grocery store to get some ingredients and try this.

      Lil' Luna

      Yay!! I hope you like it! Pasta is a favorite around here! Thank you!


    Looks great but thats not penne pasta…. Penne pasta has pointed ends…. that’s rigatoni I believe.

    wings io

    Another way to make a familiar dish. I think it will be very attractive. I will do it for my family’s dinner. Thanks for your guidance a lot!


    Just wondering if this meal freezes well. If I were to freeze it, should I add a bit more sauce?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I personally haven’t tried, but it should πŸ™‚ I would add a bit more sauce. Let me know what you think πŸ™‚ Hope you like it!


    Made twice. Came out perfect. Very delicious pasta. My daughter loved it a lot .Thanks.

    Callie Doumas

    Loved this! Absolute heaven! I used stock and evap milk (not because I am fancy…it’s just all I hadπŸ˜‰). Thanks for this simple recipe…great for a busy mama!


    Does it have to be chicken broth what’s another option?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I haven’t tried using anything else. You could try another broth? Whichever one you like best.


    What kind of butter should I use when I cook pasta please? I’m Asian and I don’t usually use butter so I don’t know which one is good.
    Thank you.

      Kristyn Merkley

      You don’t cook the pasta in butter. You cook them in boiling water, but you do start making the sauce with butter, 3 tablespoons. I just use cubed butter for that. Hope that helps!! Good luck!


    Oh my goodness, I just made this and it was soooooooo good! I added some red pepper flakes cause I can’t help myself and love a little spice in all my foods πŸ˜‰ but hands down some of the best pasta I’ve had! Thank you πŸ™‚

      Kristyn Merkley

      I’m so glad to hear that!! Red pepper flakes would be great! Thank you πŸ™‚

    Thomas Anastasio

    Fiance and I absolutely love this dish. So simple but sooo good. We eagerly await trying more of your recipes!

    Tara Aho

    I love it! And trust me I am such a tough critic to my own makings… But I devoured this pasta as if it were made by a top-notch chef! And yes it was so quick and simple to put together; I was super stoked!
    I loved it without but just for protein I added chicken breast!


    It was good, I have a big family i doubled up on the ingrinternets. I added a cup more of flour and a cup more of chicken broth. It thicken nicely.
    4 out of 5 kids under 9yr liked it! But 5yr kid is going through a picky stage.
    Over all we give it a thumbs up.

    Ericka Vasquez

    I just made this last night for my boyfriend and son and they loved it! his son wanted a second plate plus take the left over for lunch! Thank you so much for sharing!


    Thanks for this great recipe! It’s so easy to make, especially since most of the ingredients are staples in my kitchen The only thing I did different was add peas and cubed ham. I followed the recipe exactly and I almost ate the whole thing myself!

      Kristyn Merkley

      LOL!! Good idea about adding ham & peas! That’s why we love it, too..common ingredients! Thank you!


    I will try this recipe tomorrow for my family

      Kristyn Merkley

      Let me know what they think πŸ™‚ I hope they like it, as much as we do! Thank you!


    Hi Lil,

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes. I only signed up to your web site a few weeks ago and welcome your emails. I even made your recipe for Creamy Tomatoe Soup and it was Deeeeeelish!!!


    I don’t like to cook and I’m not very good at it but I love food! This recipe is the easiest white sauce recipe to make and it taste very, very good!! It only needs a few ingredients and once you begin cooking, it goes smoothly and fast. I highly recommend.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Thank you so much Leslie for sharing that!! And, I agree..that’s why we love it πŸ™‚


    Your recipes look great! I printed out some. I can’t wait to try some of them in the school cafeteria where I work. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

      Kristyn Merkley

      You are so welcome & thank you!! I hope the kids like them πŸ™‚ Let me know what you hear!


    I’m planning to make for dinner today. Can I leave the sauce at room temperature?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am so sorry to have not responded sooner. It should have been ok:) What did you think?

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    love it, i do it now, This is now on my list of dinners to make when I need something quick.


    very nice penne pasta super


    I made this tonight. I added chicken, shrimp, red, yellow and orange peppers, mushrooms, a variety of different colored cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus. My family absolutely loved it!


    This was so delicious and easy to make. I had my young boys do most of the work after I prepped it. We added Italian sausage and served with lots of veggies on the side. We will most definitely make again. Thank you!

    Megan sanchez

    I tried this recipe for the first time tonight and it was delicious. This will be in my rotation for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Carol Marra

    This is good but I don’t know why milk was used instead of heavy cream to make the sauce. I of course made it with the cream. Better with the cream.

      Kristyn Merkley

      Sometimes, when I am out of cream, I will use the milk. And, that is what happened for this recipe. But, both work great πŸ™‚ Thank you for trying it!


    Excellent recipe!!! My family loves it. I also added shrimp and spinach.

    Mrs. G

    Such a good recipe! So glad I tried it! Thank You for posting.


    Simple and delicious


    This recipe was not my favorite. It was very dry. I followed it step by step so I’m guessing something happened that went wrong but I’m not sure what. Everyone else said it was delicious so I not sure.

    Eva L

    Hi! I just made this today & cut everything to 50% since it’s just for 2 people. Half a box of pasta, 1.5 tb butter, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1.5 tb flour, 1.5 cup broth, 1.5 milk, 1 tsp parsley, and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.

    End result- it didn’t look like there was enough sauce for half a box of pasta. The sauce was only enough for maybe maybe.. 1/4 of the pasta.

    Did I do something wrong? After I did step 4, the flour made the garlic/butter into little clumpy balls. So I added milk/broth which helped but there was not a lot of sauce to use. Any advice would help! I’m a total newbie in the kitchen.

    BTW, the sauce is delicious! πŸ™‚

      Kristyn Merkley

      The flour does do that, but when you add the milk, it should get smooth. You have to stir constantly. I have never halved it, so I wish I knew about the sauce being enough. You would think it should be? I appreciate you trying it. You could always freeze half & reheat later:) Thank you for letting me know & I am glad that you liked the sauce. You are doing great..just keep at it πŸ™‚


    thanks again for sharing some easy quick recipes, everything has been so delicious

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