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 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

For more easy pasta recipes, check out:

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Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta Recipe

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Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta - an easy pasta recipe everyone loves!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 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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  1. This looks great! I just have one question. Does it matter what type of milk you use?I only usually have 1 % milk. Thanks!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

      1. 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!

        1. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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.

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

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

  10. 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!

  11. Made this recipe tonight for my husband and son and they absolutely loved it! This recipe was very delicious…!!???????????? Thank you.

  12. 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!

  13. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ Will definitely be cooking this when I go to uni next year, thank you for sharing!

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

  15. Hello
    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.

    1. 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!

  16. Oh my goodness, I just made this and it was soooooooo good! I added some red pepper flakes cause I canโ€™t help myself and love a little spice in all my foods ๐Ÿ˜‰ but hands down some of the best pasta Iโ€™ve had! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!!!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

  29. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. We love pasta at our house & i’m always looking for some new recipes. I tried this one for my family & they loved it. It is so creamy.

  31. I love this recipe. Iโ€™ve made it twice this week! I cant believe how delicious and easY it is after a long day at work!! Tried it the second time with a little bit of Some creamy melt mozzarElla and it was somehow even better