One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

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When was the last time you plunged your fork into a creamy, satisfying bowl of pasta alfredo? With an abundance of cream and cheese, most alfredo dishes are not exactly friendly to your heart, your waistline, or your energy level. That much fat and cholesterol can weigh you down in every sense of the word.

At Skinny Ms., we’ve made an effort to bring you some of your favorite qualities of your favorite dishes, but modified to cut back on fat and calories, and filled with healthy, clean eating ingredients. This healthy pasta dish is brimming with the savory garlic flavor and creamy goodness of alfredo, but since it’s done the Skinny Ms. way, it’s a healthy meal that you can enjoy without guilt.

We’ve combined low fat milk with Parmesan cheese and chicken broth for a sauce that is light, yet still creamy and comforting. And the unmistakable taste of delicious garlic permeates this dish, so that each and every forkful is savory and delicious. We use this sauce to top whole wheat pasta, which makes the dish even more nutritious. If you’ve never tried whole wheat spaghetti, give it a whirl, literally! It’s nutty flavor may surprise you. It’s a delicious complex carbohydrate that adds fiber and nutrients to your pasta dinner.

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One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Cut back on fat and calories with this amazingly delicious one-pot pasta that's quick and easy to make.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1 cup milk low-fat
  • 9 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or long pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley fresh, finely chopped


  • Over medium heat, in a large saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic until golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth, milk, pasta, salt & pepper then bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat, cover, then simmer until the pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally, about 17 minutes. Time depends on the kind of spaghetti you have.
  • When it's cooked, turn off the fire then add the Parmesan and parsley. Mix well then serve while hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 220mg | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Diabetic-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Pasta, Quick and Easy

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Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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  1. Mine turned out a little drier than picture – will watch pasta closer to make sure some creaminess left and take off heat. Flavor is amazing – no doubt will be made again and again! Added oven-cooked chicken breast. Thanks for sharing!

  2. How could I have miss this recipe? So yum and so easy. I use home made almond milk instead. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. I’ve made this before, and i really enjoyed it! I have some leftover ham that I smoked this weekend. I think it would be a great addition, kind of like a carbonara?

          1. Its a great dish, although I found the sauce didn’t really thicken so added 2tbs cornstarch. Added peas as well was delicious.

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