[recipe] one pot alfredo pasta

I wasn’t really feeling like doing a restaurant post today. My grandfather, who moved out here to live with us from Massachusetts just a month ago, has been in the hospital. He had gall bladder surgery but is now having a hard time recovering. Things haven’t been going so great the last couple of days so I haven’t felt like blogging too much.  I’m just going to do a “quickie” for a recipe I made for dinner. Inspired by seeing Kirbie’s latest one pot recipe for creamy tomato pasta, I peeked around in my fridge and found I could probably do a quick Alfredo pasta. I didn’t want the hassle of lots of pots and dishes so this seemed like a good time to try it out. It’s very few ingredients and very little prep time so you can have this whole thing done in 30 minutes or less.


I used homemade chicken stock that we already had on hand, half & half (cream would be richer/more flavorful but I only had half & half), a mix of cheeses (mostly Parmesan), chopped garlic, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. I started by sauteing the garlic in olive oil and butter for about 1-2 minutes before adding the stock, half & half, and pasta right into the pot. Salt and pepper for seasoning and the cheese was added off the heat and  the whole thing cooked for about 15-16 minutes.


Really simple and really tasty – I didn’t let all of the liquid evaporate and upon standing the sauce thickened right up. A little sprinkle of basil (or in my case, a few sprigs) helps to lend a little additional flavor and freshness.

One Pot Alfredo Pasta
  1. 3 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 2 cups chicken stock
  5. 1 cup half and half (or cream)
  6. 10 oz pasta (I used penne - just over half a 16oz bag)
  7. 1/2 cup Parmesan, Romano & Asiago blend (from Trader Joe's)
  8. 1/2 cup Parmesan (in whatever format your heart desires, I used grated)
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. basil leaves (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil and butter together in a pot. I usually use a Dutch Oven pot. When the butter starts to sizzle a tiny bit, add garlic and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken stock, half & half, and pasta and keep over medium heat. Stir occasionally so the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook for above 15-16 minutes. There should still be liquid at the bottom to create the creamy Alfredo sauce.
  3. Remove from heat. Add in cheeses. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh basil. Stuff into mouth and be happy you didn't have to leave the house.
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Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Replies to “[recipe] one pot alfredo pasta

  1. I hope your grandfather feels better Mary. I’ll be praying for him.

    I’m not a big pasta person but your alfredo sauce part sounds super yums. Any low carb suggestions on what I can throw under the sauce (besides grilled chicken).

    Have a great long weekend Mary –

    1. Thank you very much, Faye. Hmmm, you could do veggies, or try that crazy spaghetti squash, maybe meatballs? Enjoy your holiday weekend, too!

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