Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti — Damn Delicious

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Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti

5 ingredients. 20 minutes. With melted butter, garlic and freshly grated Parmesan. A winning combination for the ENTIRE family!

I know. It’s a brand spanking new year, and I should probably be posting some variation of a quinoa-kale-type salad.

But guys. It’s a new year.

I say, let’s eat more Parmesan, garlic and pasta. Drenched in browned butter, of course.

I mean this only has 5 ingredients. And then takes about 20 minutes to whip up.

It’s almost a crime to NOT be eating this every single day of 2016, right?

Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

5 ingredients. 20 minutes. With melted butter, garlic and freshly grated Parmesan. A winning combination for the ENTIRE family!


  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, garlic and red pepper flakes over medium heat until the butter has melted. Cook, whisking constantly, until the foam subsides and the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 4-5 minutes, skimming foam as necessary.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in pasta and Parmesan until well combined, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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Gawd. My favorites in one dish!! Making this one tonight!! Happy New Year!!

This is everything I would love in a meal. What type pasta are you using in the pictures, linguine or something? It looks SO good!! My husband is not a big pasta eater, but thats ok, I can handle this on my own! Thanks Changa!! Happy New Year.

I am using spaghetti!

Love this recipe. I made my citrus chicken with it…mmmmm th!

OMG! my kind of recipe, fast, easy and delicious…it’s on the menu for tomorrow 🙂 Thanks

This is everything I would love in a meal. What type pasta are you using in the pictures, linguine or something? It looks SO good!! My husband is not a big pasta eater, but thats ok, I can handle this on my own! 🙂 Thanks Changa!! Happy New Year.

Make that Chungah. So sorry not paying attention to my typing.

My family has been making something similar for years from an original Italian recipe. We use olive oil instead of butter (healthier) no parsley, and put over a bed of steamed broccoli with lots of parmesan and fresh ground pepper. It is one of our very favorites!

How much olive oil would you use instead?

How much olive oil do you use in place of the butter?

I love the idea of using olive oil! That way it would be dairy free for my dairy sensitive daughter! Thank you! How much do you use?

Love your idea. I’m going to try it soon.

We also do something similar! While the Asta is boiling,we take a handful per person eating of cherub tomatoes, any kind,any color,put into a glass baking dish with garlic and a pinch or 2 of sugar and pimch or 2 of salt/pepper/cayenne then douse in olive oil, giving the dish a good shake to stir. Bake at 375 until the tomatoes pop, pour over cooked pasta,juices and all and top with grated parm! I have done it with the butter, too and actually prefer this recipe she has with butter, but that sticks to my butt in my old age!

Thanks for this! I might have to try it with the olive oil. I just made it & used the butter. I feel it was too much butter for 8oz of noodles. The red pepper flakes gave it some spice. It was pretty good except for the butter.

that sounds a lot better than butter, using olive oil.

That does it. Just spent an hour looking at various items to make for tonight’s dinner – then here it is . . . . and it came to me! Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Gonna be a good one too!

That looks wonderful. I have never made this recipe with chili flakes. My family and I are going to have to give it a shot. awesome idea.

Know what I generally do with recipes? Think “ooh that looks good,” bookmark them, and never ever make them.

This one I found about two hours ago and have already made. SO EASY. SO TASTY! SO THANK YOU! 🙂

i have some picky eaters, but they LOVED this! made it new year’s night and it was delicious!

This cannot be anything than utterly delicious. 2 things though. First, half (8oz or 1/2 lb) a box (16oz or 1lb) of pasta only feed 2 people in my house. Second, 10 tbsp of butter for half a box of pasta is a lot but must be so delicious. This is not for the diet conscious. However, I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks!

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! Parmesan, pasta and garlic- how could it possibly get any better?

I’m loving the simplicity of this dish, that I know is absolutely bursting with flavour. Yummy recipe thanks for sharing. Sammie x

I made this tonight with spiral sliced zucchini…. AMAZING. They didn’t absorb the butter well so I will make more zucchini next time. My kids (9, 9, 4, and extremely picky) gobbled it down!! Thanks! Your recipes are the best!

Hi! I came across your site about 4 months ago, when I was searching for a quick pasta dish using spaghetti noodles. I had no crushed tomatoes to make a basil marinara sauce. I only had the noodles. I looked up a simple pasta recipe and soo lucky I came across Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti! I whipped this up in minutes. The other 4 ingredients, thankfully, I had on hand. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this easy, delicious dish, my family and I love!

Probably will use way less butter next time. Made it with some lemon shrimp and homemade pasta. So good!

I want to make this tomorrow night! I was wondering if it would be good with chicken? And how you would go about seasoning the chicken? Also I would be using a whole box of pasta so would I double this recipe? Hope to get a response before I make it!

Yes, chicken would be a great addition – you can season it however you’d like, to taste. It’s up to you! And yes, the recipe calls for 8 ounces spaghetti so if one pound is used, it would be best to double.

This looks amazing, but is that really spaghetti? It looks more like linguine in the picture.

Martha, you can use spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine – whatever you have on hand! Isn’t that the beauty of home cooking? 🙂

I don’t know how I found this recipe but I think it may have been a blessing from God that I did. It is so wonderfully delicious and we absolutely love it. I’ve made it twice already and I intend to make it often from now on. Cannot thank you enough (I cut down on the butter – 8 T instead of 10 T). – Blessings to you and your doggies, gail

Very good recipe. Just made this recipe for the first time and it’s an absolute hit with my husband and I. Much better than the previous alternatives that I’ve tried.

This recipe is do simple yet so flavorful. My family truly enjoyed it. Will make again and again.

Can’t wait to try this..sounds like what we eat at our fav Italian rest but I think I’m gonna throw some baby salad shrimp in there too..yummy!!

I just made this and it was OMG good!! Learning how to cook and this was the best idea to start with. Thanks so much.

I may try with small shrimp next time. So delicious!

For many years, I was perplexed as to why restaurants’ “clam spaghetti” seemed different and worse than the recipe my mom passed down to me. Turns out what I’ve been making isn’t “clam spaghetti” so much as this, but with some minced clams added in! I think the clams fit very well into the recipe, by the way, but are indeed optional.

You have done it again! This was delicious! Making again

So delicious , I love pasta.

Can you make this with margarine or is the real butter important to making ‘browned butter’?

Margarine can be used but to really get that brown butter consistency, you’ll always need to use real butter. Sorry!

I was looking for something for lunch and now I have the pot boiling!

Made this for the first time and it was a hit. A keeper also. Great recipe

523 calories in this whole thing? Are the nutrition facts for one serving or for the whole recipe

Anyway this looks good

The nutritional information is for each serving.

This was a great dish! I needed something for spaghetti but was out of sauce. So, I opted for this. Its very easy and very good. I dont keep garlic on hand but minced garlic I use a lot so I used that. 3 tsp. I also didnt have fresh parsley so I omitted that. We don’t like a lot of spice in our family so I probably used 2 good pinches of red pepper flakes. 🙂 You will need to add a bit of salt and pepper after its finished cooking. Some dishes really dont require it and I havent before but after first tasting it I needed bit of salt….so much better! Thank you!

This looks and sounds soooo yummy! I’m making it tonight on side of steak and salad….YUM! I’m ready for supper now!

In an America overwhelmed with diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, BP etc, is it appropriate to drown a dish in cholesterol laden butter? I mean one can load cardboard sticks with enough butter, salt and pepper to make it delicious, but is that really the thing we ought to be doing to make food delicious? Why not capitalize on the inherent food flavors accentuated with a responsible amount of fat and flavors instead? Food bloggers are followed by many in the masses who may not really recognize the beast hidden behind the delicious and I think it is wrong to entrap crowds just to get some hits.

The author never claimed it was a health food. She put the nutrition facts right on the recipe. Keep your laws off my butter.

There was a suggestion to change the color to make it more appetizing appearance?

seems delicious, and makes it even seemed quite easy, I will try it tomorrow. thank you

I had four eggs at the end of this while the pasta is still hot stir until they are cooked in the pasta it’s delicious and it’s good for you. Try it you’ll like it

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