5 Minute Garlic Parmesan Sauce

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4.9 from 20 reviews

This garlic parmesan sauce is the absolute best way to dress up your pasta or add a garlicky twist to homemade pizza. With butter, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream, this parmesan cream sauce is filled with fresh flavors. And it’s ready in about 15 minutes so it's totally do-able on a busy weeknight! 


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  1. Heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium low heat.
  2. Once melted and sizzling slightly, add garlic and Italian seasoning along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute.
  3. Add flour to the pan, whisk until well combined, and cook stirring frequently for 1 minute.
  4. Turn heat to low and slowly pour in broth, whisking as you pour, until well combined.
  5. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and gently simmer over medium to medium low heat for about 2 minutes until it thickens.
  6. Add heavy cream, shredded Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Whisk until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth and creamy.
  7. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until it reaches your desired consistency.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with your favorite pasta or use it as a base for pizza!



  • This sauce recipe comes together pretty quickly so it's best to have all your ingredients ready to go before you start cooking, that way you'll ensure that nothing burns or gets over cooked. Mise en place is the name of game on this one.
  • Season moderately throughout the cooking process. This recipe is made with only a handful of simple ingredients so adding salt and pepper is going to be key in boosting the flavors. Also be sure to taste the sauce each time you add salt and pepper so that you don't over season.
  • The sauce will thicken quickly as soon as it cools. Keep this in mind while you’re letting it simmer. If it doesn’t seem to be very thick, remember that it will get thicker as it cools. Also, if it seems too thick when it's done, just add a splash of broth or a bit more cream to thin it out! If you're serving it with pasta you could also thin it out with a bit of pasta water when you toss it with the pasta!