One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles

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These One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles are as easy as they are delicious! No creams or large amounts of butter, making this meal a winner all-around!

One pot creamy noodles in a pot

One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles

These one pot (well, technically one “pan”) creamy garlic noodles are a HUGE hit with my family. We have made them at least once a month for the last several months using all sorts of variations. My kids are crazy about them and request them all the time (and I am happy to oblige because they are SO easy)! This recipe doesn’t use heavy cream or large amounts of butter, but it tastes JUST as good as recipes that do. Cooking the noodles in the chicken broth and milk is like magic. No draining, and only ONE POT to clean! A total win-win.

One pot creamy noodles in a pot with broccoli

Which noodles are best?

For this recipe, we like to use linguini noodles. They are thick enough to absorb the sauce without getting too heavy. You could also use spaghetti noodles, fettuccini noodles, or even egg noodles. Bowtie pasta or rotini would be fun to try as well. Try to avoid anything thinner than spaghetti. They will cook way too fast and then get clumpy. No matter what noodle you use, keep checking it until it’s cooked through. You can’t really go by package directions because it is being simmered at a lower heat. 

One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles with tongs holding up noodles from the pot.

Adding Chicken

To make this a full meal, just add a little chicken. I love adding grilled chicken but you can add baked, shredded, or pan-fried. To keep it a true “one pot” meal, pan frying the chicken is the way to go. First, season the chicken with Italian seasoning and cook it up in the same skillet you want to cook the noodles in (before cooking the noodles). Then, sauté the chicken until it is cooked most of the way through and remove from the pan, place on a plate, and cover. Wipe the pan out (be careful because the pan will be hot) and make the noodles as per the recipe below. Lastly, add the chicken after a few minutes into the noodles simmering and follow the rest of the recipe as directed.

Overhead shot of Creamy Garlic Noodles in a pot

Adding Vegetables

If you want to add vegetables, add them 10 minutes or so before serving. You can add veggies like broccoli, peas, asparagus, you get the picture. You can make these noodles as a full meal or as an easy side dish — totally up to you!

Creamy one pot noodles in a pot

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Tips For Making Garlic Noodles

  • Keep it to a simmer – If you cook these on too high of a heat, the noodles will cook too fast and won’t absorb the liquid as well.
  • Add liquid – If you noodles look like they are getting too thick, just keep adding a splash or milk of broth to keep the consistency.
  • Add other flavors – Boost the flavor by adding cajun seasoning, oregano, Italian seasoning, or lemon pepper.
One pot pasta noodles in a  bowl being twirled with a fork

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One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles

4.73 from 36 votes
These One Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles are as easy as they are delicious! No creams or large amounts of butter, making this meal a winner all-around!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large, 5-6 quart skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat. If you don't have a large skillet, a stock-pot works well, too. Add garlic and cook for about a minute.
    Butter and Garlic Simmering in a Fry Pan
  • Add chicken broth, milk, remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter, pasta noodles, salt and pepper, and basil. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
    Adding Noodles to one pot creamy garlic noodles
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer stirring occasionally for 16-20 minutes or until noodles have cooked through. If you are wanting to add broccoli, add it after about 10 minutes into the simmering process.
    Adding broccoli to one pot creamy garlic noodles
  • Stir in Parmesan when noodles are finished cooking and add a little milk if necessary if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
    Creamy Garlic Noodles with Broccoli on a plate

Nutrition Information

Calories: 664kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 44gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1162mgPotassium: 1214mgFiber: 7gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1660IUVitamin C: 151.6mgCalcium: 530mgIron: 2.9mg

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    1. we don’t provide nutritional information, sorry! You will have to input the recipe on a nutritional calculator like FitBit or Livestrong.

  1. omg this is sooo cheap, easy and delicious! – thank you!!!
    I’ve just moved out of home, and am on a pretty strict (self imposed) budget, so this was great, it yielded 6 (large) servings for me, a whole weeks dinner in one simple meal!

    1. Way to stretch it out! They heat up great, right? I always have to add a little splash of milk but I eat it for leftovers all the time 🙂

    1. I’m not sure what to suggest because we haven’t made it any other way. Using Lactaid might work but I honestly have no idea. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

    2. Hi there, I know this question is a couple months old but as the mom of a toddler with serious daily allergies I thought I might have an answer for you! I’ve made dishes similar to this and in place of the butter I use earth balance whipped dairy free butter spread and I use original UNSWEETENED coconut milk as my milk substitute. I haven’t made this particular dish but that combo seems to go well with any savory dish. You can’t really taste the coconut and most people can’t even tell that it’s dairy free.
      Hope that helps a little. ????

      1. Thanks! I have a milk allergy and was planning to use Ripple, which has a higher protein content than coconut milk. It’s really reassuring to hear that this works with coconut milk, because then I KNOW it will with Ripple and non-dairy subs for the Parmesan. Thank you!

  2. in the recipe you say to add the cheese when the noodles have cooked, but in the video it shows you adding the broth, milk and cheese all at the same time….which is correct?

    1. I have done it both ways and both ways turn out great. Typically I will add it at the end so it is a little thicker but if I am in a hurry and want to just throw it all in– I will just throw it all in at the first

    1. It will probably feed 3-4– but it re-heats great if you save any for leftovers. Just add a little milk when re-heating

      1. The bacon was awesome! And instead of grilling the chicken, I cut them into bite sized pieces, lightly floured and cooked them in them bacon grease! This meal passed the picky 9 year old boy test! I went ahead and used whole milk, next time will definitely use my 2%! It was delicious

  3. I used graded garlic n butter fried the chicken..set aside..cooked broccoli a lil with garlic powder butter n olive oil, oyster sauce and dill..added Romano cheese at the end amd used multigrain linguine..was amazing!! Tks for the recipe…

    1. They usually don’t last long enough that we would need to freeze. Because there is some dairy in it, it probably won’t freeze great but you can definitely try it!

  4. Made for dinner last night, cut the recipe in 1/2… as it makes quite lot. Used Italian sausage and broccoli. It was amazing. Creamy, but very light. Used whole wheat pasta and the directions were perfect.

    Can’t wait to share this with every busy mom/dad/kid I know. A great weeknight dinner!

    1. So glad you liked it!!! Italian sausage is a great idea.. same with whole wheat pasta! Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. I guess you COULD.. I can’t promise that it will taste very good though :S but I’m not a huge fan of canned tuna

  5. Made it all one pot. Since I didn’t have enough broccoli, I also added left-over green beans and frozen peas and carrots. It was kind of bland so I also added a half-can of cream of chicken soup. I didn’t have linguine pasta, so I used large egg noodles that were over-cooked but edible. Next time I would add the egg noodles about halfway through instead of at the beginning. Was actually pretty tasty after I added the c of c soup.

    1. Glad you liked it! If you decide to use a different kind of noodle you will definitely need to alter the cooking times. Just keep testing the noodles until they are just done. Thanks for the comment!

  6. Instead of using cloves of garlic why can’t I use the minced garlic in the jar. How much is equivalent to 4-5 cloves of garlic. I want to make this sounds really good.

    1. I don’t typically use the minced garlic in a jar so you will have to check on the label to see how it converts. You can definitely use the kind in the jar, it just might not taste as fresh

    1. If you do grilled chicken you will add it right before serving. If you cook the chicken in the skillet you will put it in before that (a few minutes into the simmering process)

    1. taken from paragraph above recipe.
      If you want to add chicken but don’t have a grill or don’t want to bother with grilling, you can season the chicken with Italian seasoning and cook it up in the same skillet you want to cook the noodles in (before cooking the noodles). Just saute the chicken until it is cooked most of the way through and remove from the pan, place on a plate, and cover. Wipe the pan out (be careful because the pan will be hot) and make the noodles as per the recipe below. Add the chicken after a few minutes into the noodles simmering and follow the rest of the recipe as directed.

      1. I didn’t wipe out the pan, and let all that flavor stay in the pot…DELICIOUSNESS!!! This was a hit tonight. I didn’t have Parmesan, so I used Romano, but it was still fantastic. I didn’t have basil either, so we left it out. Next time, I’ll make sure to grab some basil.

    1. Im trying this tonight although mine probably isn’t as “skinny” I added a lot more butter , seasoning & milk than the recipe called for ..I may recommend you steam your broccoli before hand