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cavatappi pasta cooked in a parmesan cheese cream sauce

Cavatappi Pasta with Cream Sauce

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Cavatappi Pasta with Cream Sauce is a comforting pasta dish that combines tender cavatappi noodles and an easy, ultra creamy parmesan cheese cream sauce. It only takes 15 minutes to whip up!


  • 1 pound cavatappi
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (dairy free as desired)
  • 4 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of broth (I use veggie broth but whatever you have will work)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (plain milk or dairy free works)
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (violife makes a great parmesan cheese that melts nicely but I also have a vegan parmesan recipe HERE*)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Optional for serving: 2 heaping cups of steamed broccoli florets


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the broth, milk, italian seasoning, cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until fully combined and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often, until the cheese is fully melted and combined into the sauce.
  5. Add the drained pasta to the skillet with the sauce and stir to coat fully. Serve immediately and ENJOY!


*the homemade vegan parmesan will create a slightly less creamy sauce but it still tastes delicious!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cavatappi pasta, cream sauce