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Simple Garlic Butter Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

This simple garlic butter pasta recipe is quick, creamy and delicious. It's a crowd pleaser that makes a great week-night dinner. And the combination of garlic and parmesan is amazing!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 483kcal
Author 730 Sage Street


  • 1 lb pasta shells
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Cook shells according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic to melted butter and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper and stir until combined.
  • Add cream and continue to stir until smooth. Don't allow to boil and make sure you stir constantly.
  • Drain pasta, return to pot and pour the sauce over the pasta. Stir to coat and serve!


At 8 servings, this is more of a side dish, if you are making it a meal you can expect to only feed 4 people with it. It would be soooo good with a piece of grilled garlic chicken and some seasoned green beans.
I calculated the Weight Watchers PointsPlus values to be 7 pts per 2 oz. serving*.
Values may vary based upon actual products used.


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Nutrition information shown is an estimate and is not to be assumed to be accurate. If accurate information is required for your diet or lifestyle, please calculate the nutrition yourself using a tool you trust.