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One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Shellbows

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Garlic Parmesan Shellbows are LIFE-CHANGING. Creamy, garlicky, cheesy pasta that’s made in just one pot. Make it a side, serve it in a skillet with chicken and veg, or eat it all on its own. SO good!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (sub 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces pasta (SHELLBOWS ARE SO FUN!)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half (optional)


  1. Melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant and soft (avoid browning, though).
  2. Add the broth, milk, salt, and pasta. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a low simmer. Let the pasta cook for 15-or-so minutes, until soft and the liquid has reduced. (The milk might form a skin on top of the pot or on the spoon – no worries, just skim it off.)
  3. When the sauce is thickened and the pasta is soft, stir in the Parmesan. And if you feel like you want to take it up a notch, add the cream.
  4. There you go! Yum! So many serving options, but for now you need to spend at least two minutes standing over the hot pan doing some taste testing.



How To Serve: Plain, with salt and pepper, with lemon juice and herbs, with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with shredded chicken and peas for a springy skillet!

For Garlic Lovers: You can add 1-2 cloves garlic – I’ve seen other recipes that use as many as 4 cloves. I found 2 cloves for a half pound of pasta was plenty for me!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: shellbows, pasta, one pot pasta, pasta dish, skillet pasta, garlic parmesan pasta