One-Pot Wonders

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)

June 12, 2016
16 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

No need to make a separate sauce for your pasta: In this recipe, from the blog Damn Delicious (yep, that's right), dry pasta is boiled in a mixture of milk and broth. Because the pasta releases its starches as the liquids reduce and concentrate, you end up with a creamy, flavorful coating. Experiment with adding red pepper flakes, tomato paste, or chopped herbs (basil!) when you add the garlic. —Sarah Jampel

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken stock)
  • 1 cup milk (more as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces fettuccine or other long noodle
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Chopped parsley, for garnishing
  1. In a large, wide skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the broth, milk, butter, and dry pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan and add additional milk if the sauce is too thick.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

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36 Reviews

Nancy L. January 30, 2024
I went from a complete skeptic to a real believer. This was so easy and tasted great. My focus this year is to use up what I have, so I made some tweaks. I used some aged cheddar so more of a mac & cheese vibe vs Alfredo. I think it was less than 30 minutes from start to finish, including gathering and prepping. I used angel hair that shortened the cooking time. I later noticed an author's note to cook it uncovered. I covered it and it turned out fine. This is a real keeper.
Katheryn's K. January 15, 2024
Added lots of black pepper and served broccolini on the side. I might add some cooked chicken breast or sauteed prawns next time. So nice it is not too calorie heavy but so tasty and easy. Thank you.
Debbi October 27, 2019
I’ve been looking for an Alfredo sauce recipe for my daughter, a novice cook, and this is perfect. Not only is it very simple to make and no fail, it only uses ingredients we always have on hand and is completed in one pan! Genius!
Laura A. October 20, 2019
This was a really great recipe! I served leftover chicken tenders with it and also added a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Thanks for posting it!
Nancy M. May 30, 2019
I just made this for dinner. I love it!
Amanda January 18, 2019
Easy and delicious. Turned out exactly as described. Would be nice with shrimp.
Emma July 29, 2018
I doubled the noodles and liquids--we like leftovers--and there was so much liquid I worried! But it worked. I may reduce it a quarter cup next time. Only change was to break the fettucine in half. Because the liquid is not boiling it is harder to submerge the long strands.
LULULAND July 29, 2018
I wouldn't reduce the liquid but raise the heat a little or cook it longer.
babyboibelcher July 22, 2018
Easy, quick, and delicious crowd pleaser. Added 4 slices of thick cut bacon for some extra meaty, fatty goodness. Two thumbs up.
LULULAND February 18, 2018
Love this recipe, thanks so much. Very unique! My hubbie cracked two large crabs, and when the pasta was done, I added the crab and asiago cheese. This way the crab heated up a little, and it blended well! A winner!!!
ghainskom February 13, 2018
Weeknight life saver. Will add bacon next time.
FrugalCat September 18, 2017
I hate twirling pasta. Would this work with rotini or penne? I only ask because it specifies long pasta in the ingredients list.
Starmade September 25, 2017
works with anything
Jeff A. December 18, 2020
How stupid are you?
Yvette August 29, 2017
Made this tonight and it turned out perfectly - it was quick, easy and super tasty.
Jennifer S. August 19, 2017
I've made this with added shrimp, tuna, and chicken. (Not at the same time! 😃)
Megan F. July 18, 2017
This was very easy and turned out perfectly! I doubled the noodles and liquid and it was fantastic. I also added green onions and bacon for sort of a carbonara-esque touch. I was so pleased with the texture of the pasta, which I have never made this way. Leftovers tasted even better the next day, as most pasta dishes do in my opinion. All in all a great recipe that can be customized easily.
Elle T. June 7, 2017
Agree that this isn't four servings, unless as a side. 8 ounces of pasta = 226 grams. A serving of pasta is 85 grams, therefore this is a little more than 2.5 servings (or, in terms of portion sizes most people actually eat for pasta as a main course, it is really about 2 servings!) :-)
But either way it's very yummy. Great technique!
Outi July 25, 2018
My serving of pasta is 2 oz.
Rita82 January 23, 2024
One standard serving of pasta is 2 ounces (57 grams), same as printed on the pasta box. It is just right for me, but I will admit that my two 6'3", 15-year-old boys will consume 2 servings (or more) each.
Steve H. January 28, 2017
Made this tonight for a quick addition to a rottiserie chicken. So good and easy.
Bill G. January 8, 2017
Definitely easy and lazy but very very delicious. Suggestion: If using regular chicken broth with regular butter and parmesan, these ingredients have enough salt where no additional salt is needed.
schmoopster January 3, 2017
So good and so easy. Added roast chicken and broccoli for more protein and veg. Perfect.
D. M. December 11, 2016
Covered or uncovered ???
Sarah J. December 11, 2016
maris O. December 2, 2016
This is a definite winner. Tasty, fast to cook, and super easy cleanup. This is going into my regular recipe rotation!