Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

"This is a delicious, super quick side or main dish. I got it from the back of a pasta box and it is yummy!"
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Ready In:




  • Melt butter and add garlic in a medium sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium for 1 minute.
  • Add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in broth and milk and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce boils and thickens.
  • Add parsley, salt, pepper and cheese.
  • Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Toss hot pasta with sauce and serve immediately.

Questions & Replies

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  1. steviems711
    how do I copy this recipe and where is the icon to start copying show me.....
  2. grasshopper1123
    Does it matter what type of milk you use? I use 2% milk or would whole be better? Or could you use heavy cream or half and half?
  3. CynthiaA123
    Couldn’t you do the same easier by using Cream Of Chicken Soup instead?
  4. Kakan P.
    I don't have any chicken broth. Can it be substituted with something else?
  5. Ria May S.
    can i use chicken broth cubes?


  1. Sackville
    This recipe is so garlicky and so creamy and sooooo easy to make. I got home from work, was incredibly tired and just wanted a filling meal. This one worked perfectly because it really didn't take much more than 15 minutes and tasted wonderfully. Next time, I might try adding some frozen peas and sliced mushrooms, but the recipe is great as is.
  2. Kristi J
    I had never tried making a creamy pasta anything, but this was GREAT! I added some stir-fry sliced chicken sauteed in garlic and my husband wanted to know when I'd be making it again. Thanks!
  3. Missyb33
    Just like the recipe title, this is creamy and garlicky... yum! I used chicken broth where there was an option and thought it tasted wonderful. This is quick, easy, and a great dish to make during the busy work week.
  4. bad kitty 1116
    Great recipe, definitely 5 star. If you are using 1 pound of pasta, I agree with so many of the other reviews-double the sauce! I doubled it, but only used 3 tablespoons of flour, otherwise it gets too thick. I was worried it looked thin in the saucepan, but when I tossed it with the penne it coated the noodles beautifully and the pasta soaks up that sauce! My family loved it and my 7 yr old son gave it one of his "Favorite Recipe" stickers- LOL. It is as easy to make as the boxed mixes, but tastes so much better.I did use fresh parsley and added in some spices as suggested by others: crushed red pepper flakes (a pinch), 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning. I think the Italian seasoning gave it the spark it needed. I served it with Crispy Balsamic Baked Chicken Breasts (from this site , another favorite) and a vegetable blend of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash. What a keeper, thanks so much!
  5. riffraff
    I added fresh mushrooms to make a main course. Very good!


  1. mric127
    Here's a tweak, copying a local restaurant. ADD: pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, a little spinach and a few slices of fresh red pepper. could use half&half cream instead of just milk. For a complete meal in one dish, add mouth size pieces of cut-up chicken or chicken sausage. Then make a little more creamy sauce too.
  2. beci.ruthven
    I added about a quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg, half a cup of cream and added chicken. It was delicious. I made it for my family and they all loved it (I'm 15 and it was super easy)
  3. Kamryn C.
    half the garlic and, at least double the milk. I added about a teaspoon of dill and a tablespoon of bacon. It was great!
  4. asherleahy
    I've made this several times now, I use vegetable broth because I'm a vegetarian and I also use half and half because that's what I had around the first time and it tasted good so that's what I keep using. I sometimes have leftover spinach or mushrooms from other recipes and I throw those into the sauce when it's bubbling but not quite boiling.
  5. givemiamore
    After making sauce with full 16 oz bag of penne, there's not enough sauce. Double to sauce or half the pasta--We also added a couple dashes of cayenne pepper for a little kick!



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