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Just 21 Very Good Recipes That All Start With Parmesan Cheese

I know: There's no such thing as "leftover cheese." But hear me out on these!

We've all been there: You make your best guess on a wedge or container of Parmesan at the store, and you end up with way too much. 🧀

And while I could devour buttered noodles with an unholy amount of Parmesan for three meals a day until my supply is all used up, these recipes are a much better (and more flavorful!) way to deal with the excess.

1. Creamy Tuscan Chicken

This recipe pairs crispy chicken thighs (the best piece of the chicken, IMHO) with a creamy sauce made of Parmesan, tomatoes, and spinach. Try serving it over pasta or on its own with a green salad or roasted veggies on the side. Whichever way you choose, this is basically guaranteed to make it into your weeknight rotation.

Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Chicken



2. One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

You only need 30 minutes and one pot to make this ~sophisticated~ pasta. It's a total trifecta: easy and impressive, with barely any dishes to do after dinner. That's a win-win-win!

Recipe: One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

3. 3 Cheese Garlic Bread

Any way you make it, garlic bread is going to be incredible. But the addition of Parmesan, cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheeses really amps up the flavor on this one to 11.

Recipe: 3 Cheese Garlic Bread



4. Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta

I can't think of a more perfect weeknight pasta: chicken, bacon, spinach, Parmesan, and a creamy sauce. If you boil the pasta and crisp the bacon simultaneously, it's done in 20 minutes, which makes it a perfect choice for those nights when you're just done but still have to cook.

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta

5. 90-Second Keto Bread

All you need are a few ingredients and a microwave to make this surprisingly fluffy bread. You can use it for sandwiches, as a base for any number of delicious toasts, or even just on its own with butter. Honestly, you might not even miss the old bread, now that you have Bread 2.0.

Recipe: 90-Second Keto Bread



6. Classic Lasagna

Lasagna is traditionally a labor of love, and while this one still requires some effort, it streamlines a number of steps so that even beginner cooks can knock it out of the park. Plus, if you have a lot of Parmesan to work through, this is the recipe for you — it calls for two whole cups of that salty, cheesy goodness.

Recipe: Classic Lasagna

7. Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Imagine if chicken tenders and chicken Parmesan had a baby, and you basically have these tenders. They're juicy, crispy, and flavorful, and they come together way easier than you'd think. And if you have an Air Fryer, use it here. The crunch! Simply unparalleled.

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders



8. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

I'm on the record as saying that there's no better weekday lunch than a traditional chicken Caesar salad, but this pasta salad version may have to make me eat my words. It's got all the same flavors from the salad, but the added pasta means you won't get hangry by dinner.

Recipe: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

9. Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Creamy, cheesy, a lil' spicy, and super easy: what could be better? This recipe is super adaptable — while it calls for sausage and chicken, you could easily use one or the other, or even swap in shrimp or steak. Even a veggie version with mushrooms would be delicious.

Recipe: Cajun Chicken Alfredo



10. Garlic Parmesan-Stuffed Artichokes

Artichokes can seem intimidating, but with this recipe they come together in a snap. A beautiful, garlicky, Parmesan-y snap. Also, if you have an Instant Pot, commenters recommend using it for the simmer step — you'll get extra tenderness in half the time.

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan-Stuffed Artichokes

11. Salmon Wellington

This recipe is absolutely perfect for date night. It's impressive, delicious, way less finicky than a traditional Beef Wellington, and the spinach and salmon instead of beef and mushrooms make it so much less likely that you'll need to take a nap directly after dinner.

Recipe: Salmon Wellington



12. Creamy Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

If you want to take home an empty plate from a potluck or a dinner party, I highly recommend these. They're super easy to make, and people go absolutely wild over them — once someone's had one, they're going to want at least three more.

Recipe:Creamy Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

13. Cheesy Broccoli Gnocchi

What did we even do to deserve gnocchi? These perfect potato pillows are complemented perfectly by the broccoli and Parmesan, and bronzed to perfection in the oven.

Recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Gnocchi



14. Pepperoni Pizza Dip with Garlic Knots

You should be able to tell just from the recipe name that this is going to be delicious. I mean, pizza as a dip? I am so glad to live in a time when I can make and eat pizza dip. It truly is a blessing.

Recipe:Pepperoni Pizza Dip with Garlic Knots

15. Avocado Carbonara

You have to promise not to tell my partner's very Italian family that I recommended this, but oh my goodness this recipe slaps. It's creamy, rich, decadent, and, in my opinion, a total upgrade of the original.

Recipe: Avocado Carbonara



16. Pesto Parmesan Chips

This genius method uses a mini muffin tin so that each of the chips is evenly sized. You can eat the chips on their own or crumble them up in a salad. I even think they'd be a great topper on a sandwich. Like, a Caprese-style sandwich with a couple of these on it? Put that in my mouth immediately.

Recipe: Pesto Parmesan Chips

17. Pesto & Parmesan Avocado Toast

A twist on the classic avocado toast, this will totally amp up the creaminess of the avocado, while letting that Parmesan and pesto really shine.

Recipe: Pesto & Parmesan Avocado Toast



18. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

If you're cooking for a picky eater, get ready to blow their mind with this recipe. Even the most devoted broccoli haters will be won over by this garlicky, toasty, nutty method of cooking.

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

19. Cacio e Pepe

Yes, before you yell at me, if you're making this recipe very traditionally, you should use Pecorino Romano cheese. But it works just as deliciously with Parmesan — if you already have a lot of Parmesan on hand, you should definitely just use it for this easy pantry pasta.

Recipe: Cacio e Pepe



20. One Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta

If you, like me, occasionally desperately crave Swedish meatballs enough to consider an Ikea trip, this is the recipe for you. It keeps all the same delicious flavors but converts them to pasta form, and with only one pot, you'll barely have any cleaning to do later.

Recipe: One-Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta

21. Scalloped Potatoes

Pretty much any way to cook potatoes is tied at number one in my book, but scalloped potatoes might have a slight edge over all the other recipes. They're creamy, the perfect amount of crispy, and just incredibly flavorful. If you make this recipe in a bigger dish, keep in mind that commenters recommend making extra sauce — otherwise, the potatoes might get a tiny bit dry.

Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes

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