Parmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta

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Parmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta is a super easy recipe that is fast and SO flavorful! The easiest dinner to make on any weeknight, served with a simple salad or vegetable, like my Roasted Asparagus. This is sure to be one of your new favorite linguine recipes and it’s on the table in 15 minutes!

parm garlic linguine styled in a pasta dish

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Here is a ridiculously easy dinner recipe that literally only takes 15 minutes! This creamy garlic parmesan pasta is a lighter, garlicky, cheesy type of pasta that is made in one pot and it so versatile. Want to add some protein or veggies? The choice is yours! Adding grilled chicken, shrimp, broccoli, mushrooms, pine nuts, or sun dried tomatoes would be a tasty variation!

What is Linguine Pasta?

Linguine is an Italian pasta, similar to spaghetti. With long, flat noodle strands, linguine is a very versatile pasta that is perfect to serve with thinner or thicker sauces, like cream sauces. Linguine complements seafood really well, since the protein is often lighter than other meatier options. Try topping linguine noodles with a light coat of butter and serving them with a clam sauce. You can also pair linguine with tomato sauces or pestos and white wine, chicken broth or chicken stock, olive oil, fresh herbs, and garlic mixtures.

gold fork twirling Parmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta in green bowl

How to Make Parmesan & Fresh Garlic Linguine Pasta

This one pot meal is a staple in my house! For full recipe details, including ingredients and measurements needed, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is step by step what you can expect when making this recipe:

Cook Pasta to Al Dente

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the linguine until al dente. Save some of the cooking liquid and drain.

Toss With Remaining Ingredients

Place the pasta back into the pot and melt butter right on top of noodles. Add heavy cream, freshly grated parmigiano reggiano, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper and toss until well combined. As the butter and cheese start to melt, it’ll create a sauce. Add in cooking liquid to thin out the sauce as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Pro Tip: I used a microplane to mince my garlic. Also, this recipe gives only a hint of garlic. Adjust the garlic level to how you like!


Serve hot. Check out my recommended side dishes for this main dish recipe below!

Parmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta Recipe in green bowl

Pro Tip: The best way to ensure your linguine is as delicious as possible is to use real Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Not the pre-grated parmesan cheese. Since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, you want a good parmesan cheese. When you’re at the store, you’ll want to look for a block of parmesan cheese that has the name printed right on the rind. That is the best way to know you have the real stuff. It’s a little more pricey but well worth it in taste.

Parmesan + Garlic Linguine Variations

Alone this tastes fabulous, but for a more well-rounded meal, add in some vegetables or meat. Some of my readers have tried adding steamed broccoli, grilled chicken, peas and even shrimp. Different seasonings can be added as well. Try adding some Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, fresh parsley or even give it a splash of lemon juice right at the end to brighten it up, if desired. YUM!

What to Serve With This Linguine Pasta Dish

You can also try some of these tasty sides that go SUPER well with this recipe.

parmesan linguine in a pasta bowl twirled on a gold fork

Storing + Make Ahead Directions

You can store any cooled to room temperature leftovers in an airtight container with a good fitting lid. It should be good in the fridge for 3-5 days.

To reheat, you can use the microwave or stovetop on medium heat. Before reheating, add a splash of milk to help the sauce loosen up.

To make this dish ahead of time, I would suggest cooking your pasta noodles and making the cream sauce, but keep them separated until you’re ready to serve. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

parmesan garlic linguine in a pasta bowl styled on a tablescape

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze this pasta dish?

Yes! This parmesan garlic linguine recipe is great for freezing! You can freeze it with the noodles and the creamy garlic sauce combined or you can freeze them in separate containers. It should stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How do I cook Linguine?

For cooking linguine, I always need to check the box for exact cooking times. Make sure to salt the water and then boil to al dente, typically 9 minutes. Remember the pasta will continue to cook a bit while being tossed in the sauce. Drain immediately and do not rinse.

Can I add raw garlic to pasta?

Yes – it will be more garlicky if you do!

Can I use spaghetti noodles instead of linguine?

Yes, easy garlic parmesan pasta can be made with spaghetti or fettuccine pasta noodles as a great substitute for linguine. Angel hair pasta would be too thin, as the creamy sauce is quite heavy. Garlic parmesan spaghetti would be your closest substitute for this recipe.

More Pasta Dishes to Try!

Be sure to print, pin, bookmark, share or save this delicious recipe! It’s a tasty and easy meal you won’t want to lose! Plus, the entire family will love you! The printable recipe card is below. Have a great day, friends!

If you make this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you would give it a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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4.62 from 42 votes

Parmesan & Garlic Linguine Pasta

Parmesan and Garlic Linguine Pasta is super easy, fast and SO flavorful! This is sure to be one of your new favorite linguine recipes!
servings 4 servings
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 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)


  • 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. 
    woman adding linguine to a large pot of boiling water
  • 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.)
    linguine pasta in a pot with butter and cheese
  • Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Pour onto serving platter and top with fresh parsley and more grated cheese.
    Parmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta Recipe in green bowl



-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.
-This recipe gives only a hint of garlic. Adjust the garlic level to how you like!


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Linguine, Linguine Noodles, Linguine Pasta, Linguine Recipes
4.62 from 42 votes (17 ratings without comment)

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  1. Kim

    It looks sooo delicious and yummy. For sure I will try to do it. I love pasta and I love cooking. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Carrie

    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.

  10. Sydney

    5 stars
    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.

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  12. Cynthia Gonzalez

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

  13. Seana C

    5 stars
    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.

  14. Maureen

    5 stars
    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!

  15. Miranda Oglesby

    5 stars
    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!! 🙂

  16. Michelle

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

  17. Julana

    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….

    1. Lauren

      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!

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    1. Lindsey

      4 stars
      I just made this dish and I LOVE it but for that amount of pasta, I definitely needed to add a lot more of the cheese, cream and garlic (more than double what was called for). I also pan-roasted some cherry tomatoes with olive oil, garlic salt, pepper and oregano and mixed those in as well. I plan on using this recipe as a base point for more creamy pasta dishes in the future!

  20. Diane {Created by Diane}

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

  21. lisa {Smart Food and Fit}

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

  22. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

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