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Easy Parmesan Pasta - My go-to pasta dinner - only 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes to the table!!

Yeah, yeah.  I know.  On Tuesday, I showed you a no-brainer slow cooker recipe.  And today, I have another no-brainer recipe.  Pretty soon here, we might just have to re-name my blog – The Easiest Recipes Ever Blog.

But really, with the craziness of my life lately, I wouldn’t mind that new blog title.  Because most nights, that is exactly what is happening around here.  Easy.  Super easy.

That is actually why I am showing you this recipe.  This is one of our go-to meals.  I’m sure you all have one or two of those recipes in your back pocket.  The ones that you can always make at a moments notice.  The ones that you always have the ingredients on hand for.  I love this one because there are only 5 ingredients, and you can seriously have this on the table in 15 minutes.  Well, maybe 18, depending on how fast you can get your water to a boil!

Easy Parmesan Pasta - dinner does not get any easier than this!

You know what else I love about this recipe?  Both of my kids love it.  Both of my kids will eat it.  And want more.  With Abbi, that is a miracle in and of itself.  (I’m learning that Easton will eat anything I put in front of him.  I hope he is always like this!)

The key to the success of this recipe is the tossing of the hot pasta with the half and half and the parmesan.  (You want the real stuff here, not the kind in the green can.  If you use that, you’ll probably end up with clumps of cheese.)  When you’ve got everything together, use a pair of tongs and toss, toss, toss the pasta.  At first, it won’t seem like much is happening, but after a minute or two, a glossy, delicious sauce is formed.  It really is super easy, and you’ll find yourself wanting to coat your pasta like this all of the time.  To make it a little bit richer, you can always add in a pat or two of butter, too.  Not necessary, but delicious!

What is your favorite go-to meal?


Easy Parmesan Pasta
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My go-to pasta dinner - only 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes to the table!!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 12 oz. dry spaghetti
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just short of al dente. Reserve a mug full of the pasta water, and drain.
  2. Return the pasta to the pot. Add in the half and half and the parmesan cheese. Toss the spaghetti and the half and half and cheese with a pair of tongs for several minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and a silky sauce has formed. If it seems too dry, add some of the reserved pasta water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley and additional parmesan, if desired

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27 Responses to Easy Parmesan Pasta

  1. Can I just tell you how much my kids (and husband) would love this dish as well? They don’t care all that much about red sauce, but if I made this for them they would flip! Plus I love (and need) super simple recipes like this:-).

  2. I love super easy dishes such as this. When I get home from work, I’m usually exhausted and not really wanting to throw together an elborate meal — this would be perfect to throw together because it’s flavorful and delicious!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Yum – sounds delicious! I love finding recipes that use ingredients that I almost ALWAYS have in my kitchen. Thank you 🙂

  4. Cassie says:

    I have no issues with the easiest recipes ever. I live on meals like this, especially when my husband works in the evenings. LOVE this, Deborah!

  5. This is something I would totally eat on a night my husband was away. Easy, perfect comfort food.

  6. TABITHA says:

    This looks soo good. Thank you.

  7. I live for super easy meals!! Looks great!

  8. Bev Weidner says:

    LOVE this meal and how easy it is! I’ll take 5 billion servings.

  9. Asiya says:

    This is great! Life with 2 kids is hectic so need recipes like this! My go to recipe is usually daal (lentils). Everyone loves it, quick to make and healthy too!

  10. Kalyn says:

    Yaay for Easton being such a good eater. I love the idea of a blog all about the easiest recipes ever!

  11. Katrina says:

    Love how easy this is! Yum!

  12. Chels R. says:

    This reminds me of the pasta dish I always order at The Spaghetti Factory, the Mizithra Cheese Pasta- Oh my word, so good! I’m going to be making this soon too! Oh It looks so so good!

  13. I’m loving this easy pasta dish – I think the addition of garlicky toasted breadcrumbs would put it over the top!

  14. I love no-brainer recipes because often by the time I finally get around to making dinner after a busy day I tend to have not much of a brain left, haha! Cheesy pasta sounds super delicious and comforting for a night like that!

  15. Easy, no-brainer recipes are just what the cook ordered…especially on busy nights. This looks like pure comfort food to me.

  16. Barbara Ward says:

    I tried this and the taste was good, but not so hot on eye appeal. The cheese didn’t melt, it clumped up and got rubbery. I will give this another try!

    • Deborah says:

      @Barbara Ward, did you use freshly grated parmesan? I find that is the key to getting the cheese to melt into a sauce. If you use pre-grated or the canned kind, it tends to clump together and not melt.

  17. Joanne says:

    I could definitely use easy meals like this given how often I find myself scrounging for food late at night. Delicious!

  18. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    This recipe is right up my alley. I could eat this everyday! I am all about no-brainer recipes and you know sometimes it just takes seeing a delicious recipe like this to inspire you if you are in a rut of what to make for dinner. Love it! 🙂

  19. easy recipes are a life saver. with little one keeping me on my toes all day, recipes like this are always welcomed.
    I have to try the half-and-half version. i usually make it with olive oil and parmesan.
    Thanks for sharing Deborah

  20. Kristy says:

    Easy. Parmesan. Pasta. When you came up with this title, you were speaking directly to me weren’t you? 😉 This is right up my alley – and my family’s alley! I’ll be making this one soon for sure.

  21. Tricia says:

    Served this to the boys and they loved it. It’s a keeper, thanks. We like to make quesadillas around here for a quick and easy dinner. Along with cheese, we add shrimp, beans, corn, leftover chicken, scrambled eggs, whatever is in the fridge and sounds yummy. We might even add some feta or goat cheese to the regular cheese…..delish!

  22. So nice to have an easy, quick meal that everyone loves.

  23. Kayla says:

    This sounds delicious. With a picky fiance this sounds easy and enjoyable. The sound of cheesy pasta sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the Recipe!

  24. Sheila says:

    What is half and half?q

    • Deborah says:

      You can usually find it near the milk and cream at the grocery store, or you can use equal parts heavy cream and milk and it will work.

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