Garlic Bread Pasta

This Garlic Bread Pasta is the most simple, amazing pasta dish I’ve ever made! It’s good warm or even cold even right out of the fridge!

This pasta recipe can also be served as a side dish or the main meal! Meatless Monday has never tasted so good! If you’re really a garlic fan, ad in a loaf of our perfectly crispy, buttery Garlic Bread on the side! 


Garlic Bread Pasta Recipe

I’m talking amazing pasta dish. The pasta dish that makes you say buh-bye to that low carb diet thing, at least for the day.

It’s Christie here checking in with you – and this recipe is from my friend Shelly over at Cookies and Cups. She has a new cookbook coming out SOON. Like next week soon. And I’m telling you guys, you need to get this one. It not only has crazy good desserts from cupcakes to cookies to over the top special occasion cakes but it has dinner too.

Not only can she bake but she can rock out a dinner that your whole family will love in no time. Let me take you through how easy this pasta is…start with a few basic ingredients.


How To Make This Pasta Recipe

Boil up your pasta they way you always do and drain it. In the meantime heat up a few tablespoons of butter in a large skillet until it’s melted. Keep cooking the butter while swirling it around the pan so it’s a nice, nutty brown color. Don’t burn it, just get it nice and brown.

Brown butter is a whole different flavor than just regular butter. So nutty and deep in flavor, it adds TONS of flavor to this Garlic Bread Pasta recipe!


Toss in the breadcrumbs and seasonings and stir until the breadcrumbs are completely coated in the butter. Now turn the pan off and set it aside.

Ok here we go, you’re going to melt a whole stick of butter – yes, a whole stick, so don’t skimp here or you’ll regret it – in the same skillet with a few cloves of minced garlic. Here’s another thing, a few cloves of garlic to you and me can mean different things. So you do you.

Pour that garlicky butter all over the cooked pasta and toss it all together with the toasted breadcrumbs. That’s it – Garlic Bread Pasta that tastes just like it came from a restaurant!


Can You Make This Pasta Dish Ahead Of Time?

You can, and like I said before, it’s even good cold right from the fridge. BUT this is one of those recipes that does taste best when it’s first made. The butter will soak up into the pasta so it will dry out a bit upon reheating.

If you do reheat leftovers, add a splash of chicken or vegetable stock or even a little more butter to moisten it back up.

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Garlic Bread Pasta

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

This pasta recipe tastes just like a loaf of delicious garlic bread! Top with lots of parmesan cheese!



  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat, continuing to cook the butter until browned and the color of deep amber, constantly swirling the pan so it doesn’t burn.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the breadcrumbs, parsley, italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir the breadcrumbs to coat them in the butter and remove from the heat.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter and garlic together. This infuses the butter with the garlic.
  6. Add the garlic butter to the bowl of pasta and toss to coat completely.
  7. Toss with the buttered breadcrumbs and add parmesan cheese for garnish (if desired)
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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36 Responses
  1. Liz

    I love Shelly’s desserts, so it’s no surprise she has fabulous pasta recipes, too! Wow, does this look wonderful!

  2. DessertForTwo

    Hi Hi hi! I’m not sure why I’m just now discovering your blog, but MAN, I am in love! So nice to meet you! I’ve been staring at this pasta in Shelley’s book, but haven’t made it yet, and now, I think i have to make it tonight! You make it look sooo good!
    anyway, I’m your new biggest fan! xo

    1. Dan

      It’s nice to meet you too, and thank you so much!! We honestly could NOT stop eating this pasta so make it at your own risk…:) Heading over to check out Dessert For Two!

  3. April r - uncookiecutter

    This looks great! And so simple. I love garlic bread, what a great idea to incorporate it into a pasta! I’d love it if you would stop by and link up at our new link party where we each pic a recipe each week to make, share and promote. Glad to have found you and looking forward to following along! I found you via Karyl’s Kulinary Krusades fb page.

  4. Carrie Johnson

    This is fantastic! I made it tonight and all three of us loved it! No adjustments made, it’s perfect as is!

  5. Carol

    OMG it’s AWESOME
    I have made it 3 times now, I made it tonight and it’s a keeper, and so super easy.
    I used curly pasta [not spirals] brilliant texture.
    Even when its cold, I found that Zapping it in the microwave for a few minutes brings it back to life. YUMMY
    I will be using this dish for Christmas this year.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    P.S. I wish I could post a picture of my copy of your dish.

    1. Dan

      Carol – thank you – We love this recipe too! And you CAN send me a photo of your dish! Or you can post in on Instagram with #mantitlement, or as a visitor post on my Facebook page! If you don’t do any social media just email it to me ( I love to see readers photos!

  6. Lily

    I am going to try this for the first time.

    love garlic bread, hope I love this too!

    Thank you for posting this recipe.

    Happy eating

  7. Amy

    I just made this! I wanted something quick and easy and this did the trick. Plus it was delicious! Everyone loved it!

  8. Beth M.

    5 Stars– this is so perfect and tasty, and I can think of so many things it would go with and so many occasions it will be perfect for. I’m so glad I tried this recipe, because it feels wonderful to have a new keeper for the collection. Thank you for sharing!

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