One Skillet Spicy Pasta (Jalapeno Parmesan)

One Skillet Spicy Pasta (Jalapeno Parmesan) is the perfect one skillet dinner; no mess, super delicious, and easy to make! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 3 jalapenos , cut in half, seeded, minced
  • 4 TBS minced garlic
  • 2 cups nonfat milk (or whatever milk or cream you have on hand)
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 16 oz . dry fettuccine/linguine noodles
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese , grated


  1. In a large skillet (at least 12 inches), or stock pot, add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add jalapenos and saute for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.

  2. Add milk, butter, broth, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and pasta. Increase heat to medium high, and bring to a boil. Use a wooden spoon to stir noodles as they soften. After you bring to a boil, reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20-22 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. When the sauce has thickened** and the noodles are al dente, remove from heat. Add cheeses and stir to melt/coat.

  4. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with additional cheese, salt and pepper if desired.

Recipe Notes

**It might seem like you have too much liquid when the time is up - once you add cheese the liquid will decrease and turn into a delicious creamy sauce.