Creamy Garlic Shells


Creamy Garlic Shells is a one pot recipe that is easy to make, and easy to clean up! Make it a meal or use it as a side dish!

Creamy Garlic Shells Recipe. Perfect side dish for any barbeque or any occasion.

Did everyone have a nice weekend?  Mine was really good!  I absolutely love summer weekends 🙂  We had our first cookout with friends on our new grill Saturday.  We made pollo asada, cheeseburgers, and an abundance of yummy side dishes.

Speaking of side dishes, I brought these creamy garlic shells to a different BBQ with friends last week and everyone really loved them.  It was easy to make and a great summer side dish.  Honestly, I can really see this going well with almost any main course!

I used to love those Knorr Lipton pasta sides packets with dinner back when I was in school.  Do you remember those?  What was it about those little shell shapes that made those creamy pasta dishes extra delicious?  I even, admittedly, have made them for myself well into my adult years on occasion.  Sometimes I wish I could go back to the days when I had no idea how unhealthy all of that stuff was!  Ignorance really was bliss 😉  Well, this is a homemade version of those packaged pastas, and as always, homemade is SO much better.

The combination of the sauteed fresh garlic, which has almost roasted taste to it, and the garlic powder, gives it the perfect garlic flavor. This is awesome!  Cheesy deliciousness!

Creamy Garlic Shells
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
Creamy Garlic Shells is a one pot recipe that is easy to make, and easy to clean up! Make it a meal or use it as a side dish!
**Double this for a crowd!
  • 8oz mini shells pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup milk (I used skim)
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  1. Cook pasta in a pot of salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain then set aside. Let pot cool off the heat for several minutes.
  2. Return pot to stove over medium heat then melt butter in olive oil. Add garlic then saute until golden brown, about 30 seconds, being very careful not to burn. Sprinkle in flour then whisk and cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in chicken broth and milk while whisking until mixture is smooth. Season with salt & pepper then switch to a wooden spoon and stir constantly until mixture is thick and bubbly, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Take pot off the heat then stir in Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and parsley flakes until smooth then add cooked pasta and stir to combine. Taste then adjust salt & pepper if necessary

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35 Responses to “Creamy Garlic Shells”

  1. June 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM #

    creamy + garlic + pasta… can’t go wrong!!

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM #

      That is sooo true!

  2. June 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM #

    Oooh yours looks just as tasty as I remember!

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM #

      Thanks, Kayle! They tasted pretty much spot on.

  3. Cheryl
    June 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM #

    Yum! This was delicious!!!

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM #

      Thanks, Cheryl! You were one of the lucky ones who got to try it 😉

  4. June 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM #

    Yay for getting to grill this weekend! Best part of the summer if you ask me 🙂 These look like the perfect side dish for our cookout coming up!

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

      Yes! It’s so nice now that we can cook out…we never were able to do that before because we were in an apartment with no grill 🙂

  5. joejoe
    June 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM #

    Im not a fan of creamy shells..please dont be offended but this is one dish i wont be making, but ive made all the others.

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

      I thought you would like this because the flour is cooked 😉

  6. June 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    Oh my goodness that looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

      Thank you, Eric! I always appreciate your nice comments!

  7. June 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    Yep, totally adding this to my menu planning list!

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

      Thanks, Nancy! Hope you like it!

  8. June 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

    I love this recipe – and I am totally making it this week, but with some added garden vegetables.. broccoli or cauliflower? Can’t wait! Pinning. 🙂

    • June 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

      The great thing about this recipe is you can really add anything to it and make it a meal!

  9. June 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

    Yes, ignorance was bliss back then.. But thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds fantastic love how creamy the sauce looks!

    • June 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM #

      Thank you, Ruby! It was very creamy and not even bad for you!

  10. June 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

    Ooh! Looks so creamy and delicious. Love it, Ashley! (:

    • June 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM #

      Thank you, Monica!

  11. June 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    I love all things cheesy! This looks so good and comforting Ashley! Great post.

    • June 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM #

      Thanks, Anne! Who doesn’t love cheese?!

  12. June 10, 2013 at 9:57 PM #

    I used to looooove those sides! these look awesome!

    • June 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM #

      Thanks, Jenn! Those weren’t great, weren’t they?!

  13. June 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    I have definitely eaten more than my fair share of those pasta packets. They’re just so darn easy! Thanks for giving me a much better alternative. 🙂

    • June 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

      haha Carrie, haven’t we all?! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. June 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

    These shells look so wonderful and creamy! I want a bowl right now. Pure comfort food!

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

      Thank you so much, Laura!

  15. Laurence Kraehe
    June 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM #

    I saw this on Incredible recipes FB page. You have just announced dinner tonight. I think I want to try it with italian sausage added to it (maybe with peppers and onions added at the garlic stage), or with chicken. Thoughts?

    • June 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM #

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’ve heard plenty of people say they make this into a meal by adding meat, etc. I think it will be awesome 🙂

  16. Nancy Boling
    July 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    Is the creaming garlic salad serve cold or hot. and can you add what kind of meat and veg. thank you

    • July 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

      Hi, Nancy! The first time I made it I served it warm and the second time (because I had no means to warm it up) I served it room temperature and it was good both ways! I would say hot or room temperature would be best (not cold like a pasta salad). Also, I’ve had people say they added meat, etc. to make it into a meal. It’s pretty versatile. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. July 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

    Ashley, it is amazing how easy it is to make much better food than mixes once you start,isn’t it? Nice recipe!

  18. Karen Cleveland
    September 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM #

    Totally amazing! I’m currently serving overseas and am pregnant and had this craving for creamy garlic shells. Of course, I could not find the packaged garlic shells in the supermarket overseas. Your recipe fit the bill for my craving!!! So yum! I’m a vegetarian so I left out the chicken broth. But wow! This recipe is going on my repertoire of favorite recipes!

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