Creamy Garlic Shell Pasta Recipe
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Creamy Garlic Pasta

Creamy Garlic Pasta is a quick and easy side dish and makes the best little comfort food. This homemade version is way better than the store bought version and the best part is all the ingredients are in your pantry.

This Creamy Garlic Pasta is super easy and you will be in and out the kitchen within 15 minutes. The perfect side dish for a cookout or just a little comfort meal on a rainy day.

With the sauteed garlic cloves and the garlic powder combination, it makes a crazy garlicky meal. Plus, don’t even worry about the kids because it’s kids friendly too. My son doesn’t love anything with garlic and this is one meal he enjoyed with no complaints.

For this meal I didn’t use olive oil but coconut oil instead. I love the taste of coconut oil in a creamy sauce, just like my Coconut Curry Shrimp plus the flavor it adds to the Creamy Garlic Pasta Sauce.

You can use Olive Oil if that’s the oil you prefer.

Add in options

This Creamy Garlic Pasta Meal is tasty and delicious all by itself. However, with a few add in options, it adds more flavor and makes it an even more filling meal.

Some of these add in options are:

  • Green Sweet Peas
  • Italian Sausage
  • Bite sized Chicken Breast
  • Bacon

How to make Creamy Garlic Pasta

First thing to do is to cook the mini shell pasta as directed on the package. Drain and set aside.

Pouring the mini shell pasta as directed on the package.
Drained shell pasta after rinsing it off with cold water.

Secondly, heat the oil and butter and add the garlic. Add the flour and stir.

Stirring the minced garlic in the melted butter and oil.
Adding the flour to the heated garlic butter mixture.

Thirdly, pour in the milk and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper and stir as it thickens for a few minutes.

Pouring the milk, after adding the chicken broth.
Stirring the sauce as it thickens while it cooks.

Finally, add the cheese, garlic powder, parsley flakes and the cooked pasta. Combine and remove from the heat.

Adding the garlic, parsley, cheese to finalize the sauce for the creamy garlic pasta.
Pouring the cooked shell pasta to the creamy garlic pasta sauce.
Tossing the mini shell pasta in the creamy garlic pasta sauce.

Creamy Garlic Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 oz mini Pasta Shells
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cup Milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella or Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoon dried Parsley Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, cook the pasta as directed on the package. Do not overcook the pasta. Pour the pasta into a colander to drain off the pasta water and then pour cold water over it. Leave it in the sink to drain for later.
  2. Melt the butter with the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the minced garlic and saute for about 20 seconds. Try not to let them burn, so keep on stirring.
  3. Add the flour and mix well with a whisk so no lumps are formed.
  4. Pour the milk and chicken broth and continue to whisk slowly. Season with some salt and pepper to your taste. Allow the sauce to cook for about 5 to 7 minutes on medium low heat.
  5. Stir in the cheese, garlic powder and parsley flakes and continue to stir as it thickens. Add the cooked shell pasta and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Remove from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes, so that the flavors to come together. Add extra cheese and parsley on top to serve. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Do not overcook the pasta because it will cook a little bit more in the sauce.
Creamy Garlic Shell Pasta

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Creamy Garlic Shell Pasta Recipe

Creamy Garlic Pasta

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Creamy Garlic Pasta is a quick and easy side dish and makes the best little comfort food. This homemade version is way better than the store bought version and the best part is all the ingredients are in your pantry.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz mini Pasta Shells
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cup Milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella or Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoon dried Parsley Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

    1. In a medium pot, cook the pasta as directed on the package. Do not overcook the pasta. Pour the pasta into a colander to drain off the pasta water and then pour cold water over it. Leave it in the sink to drain for later.
    2. Melt the butter with the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the minced garlic and saute for about 20 seconds. Try not to let them burn, so keep on stirring.
    3. Add the flour and mix well with a whisk so no lumps are formed.
    4. Pour the milk and chicken broth and continue to whisk slowly. Season with some salt and pepper to your taste. Allow the sauce to cook for about 5 to 7 minutes on medium low heat.
    5. Stir in the cheese, garlic powder and parsley flakes and continue to stir as it thickens. Add the cooked shell pasta and toss to coat evenly.
    6. Remove from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes, so that the flavors to come together. Add extra cheese and parsley on top to serve. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Do not overcook the pasta because it will cook a little bit more in the sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 387mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

The nutritional information that is provided, is computer generated and therefore it is an estimate. Please do your own research with the ingredients that are listed here, if you have any concern about any specific diet or your health.

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