Parmesan & Garlic Linguine {Super Easy!}


Hi Friends!

I finally got around to updating the photos from this post that originally went live August 1st, 2011! Crazy!! Here’s the original post below. 5 years later and I still make this recipe 🙂 So easy and so good! Enjoy!

Did you all have a good weekend? We stayed low key and I got a lot of recipe testing done. Let me tell you, there are some mighty fine recipes coming your way.

In the mean time, here is a ridiculously easy dinner recipe that literally only takes 15 minutes: Parmesan & Garlic Linguine. Let me tell you all why you all need to make this tonight:

1. It is so delicious that I almost ate the whole pot before my husband got to the table leaving just salad. –>seriously.

2. It is SO EASY. Like, ‘there’s no way you could screw this one up‘ easy.

3. Everyone loves it. {We ate ours all up in no time leaving zero leftovers….and then made it again two days later.}

4. It’s sounds fancy but totally isn’t. Pasta. Cheese. Butter. In a pot. Hello, lover. Which brings me to my next point…

5. It’s a one pot wonder! That’s right, folks! You only need 1 pot for dinner. Holla!

6. Did I mention it tastes amazing? Creamy, buttery, garlicky goodness on a fork.

7. You basically only need 5 main ingredients.

8. I said this already, but it takes 15 minutes or less.

Are you convinced yet?

I’m telling you right now to make this for dinner tonight. Go to the store and find yourself a big block of parmigianno reggiano cheese and get cooking.

Make sure to serve it with this and this.

Thank you and you’re welcome.



Parmesan & Garlic Linguine

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 clove garlic, finely minced {I used a microplane}
  • lots of salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid from pasta
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmigianno reggiano {use the real stuff!}
  • fresh parsley, for garnish {optional}


  1. Bring large pot of water up to boil. Sprinkle in a generous amount of salt and stir in pasta. Cook linguine until al dente and drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Place linguine back into hot pot and stir in butter, cream, garlic, salt, pepper and cheese until butter and cheese start to melt and create a sauce. Pour in some pasta water to get the sauce to the consistency you want. {I only used about 3 tablespoons.} Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Pour onto serving platter and top with fresh parsley and more grated cheese.
  2. Recipe Notes:
  3. -I used a microplane for grating the garlic and the parmesan cheese right into the pot. If you are using pre-grated store bought parmesan cheese, I'd recommend using about 1/2 cup.
  4. -This recipe only gives only a hint of garlic. Adjust the garlic level to how you like!

parmesan & garlic linguine


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  1. I love that some of the most simple ingredients can make such a great meal! Looks awesome!

    • That’s one of the reasons I love this meal!

  2. ok this sounds righhhttt up my street! anything with garlic in the title has my attention! yet another gorgeous recipe 🙂

    • Are you a garliholic too?

  3. This looks so good, especially after a long intense cardio workout I had today! Gotta love quick and easy recipes!

    • Whenever you have a good workout its always nice to reward yourself with a bowl of pasta!

    • You should! It’s made it’s way into our regular rotation!

  4. Oh please pass the bowl this way, I could eat the whole thing. Promise 🙂 Looks wonderful, I’m a pasta girl! Great photo!

  5. I love this dish! So simple, so delicious! I added some peas to mine and loved it even more!

  6. Definitely making this tonight! Yum, yum!

  7. I would want to add some chicken or shrimp to this… it it saucy enough? If not, how can I make it saucier??? Looks delish just the way it is but my husband would require some sort of meat….

    • I say add in more cream, cheese, s & p…that should do it! 🙂 Just add it in bit by bit until the sauce is as saucy as you want it!

  8. Try this

  9. this is sooooo good! i have made it multiple times since i found you on pinterest a few weeks ago! thanks for the recipe!

  10. I have made this several times and there are never leftovers….super quick and yummy!! I also make it with parmesan crusted chicken cut up and mixed in or on the side….delish! 🙂

  11. I made this pasta tonight with some chicken and it turned out so yummy!! Thanks for the idea I had no idea what dinner would be and my boyfriend loves it too! I just forgot to save some of the water from the pasta but added more cream to make it thicker. So tasty! Thanks!! 🙂

  12. Seriously the best Alfredo recipe I’ve tried. Kids LOVED it. Added broccoli during the pasta boil and sliced chicken with the butter, cheese, cream additions. Simply marvelous. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Always looking for quick and easy it looks delish!!

  14. This has become one of my go-to weeknight meals. Add a little grilled meat or vegetables and dinner is on the table. Thank you.

  15. I made this tonight for dinner. I cooked mild Italian sausage separately.. Added it to the pasta.. This pasta was delicious!!!!

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  17. I really love this…I can already taste the creamy butter and cheese! MMMMMM PINNED!

  18. Yum! Made it tonight. I added some steamed broccoli and artichokes!

  19. This was an amazing meal! Thank you so much!

  20. I LOVE this recipe. I’ve made it a couples, and added chicken the last time. Shrimp will be my next one. Pasta & garlic & creamy are my weaknesses. NOM NOM NOM.

  21. omg it came out amazing and took me like 15 mins, thank you.

  22. I never have heavy cream in the house, is there a substitute? Is it legal to use 2% milk or is that just not creamy/thick enough? I have kids so I always have milk.

  23. This sounds divine! I bet it would be really good with roasted garlic also.

  24. Throw in some chopped pine nuts or slivered almonds for a bit of crunch and delish!! My kids love, love, love this dish!!

  25. This was a big hit with my pasta-lover child and super easy for me!

  26. Easy and delish.. fantastic!

  27. I adored this recipe the first time around, and the new one is just as good.

  28. I think this will be a hit with 4/5 of the family…I still have one nonpasta eater but perhaps this will win him over??

  29. This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  30. Good recipe



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