One Pot Garlic White Cheddar Shells

Jan 9, 2018 by



This recipe for One Pot Garlic White Cheddar Shells makes a wonderful side dish to chicken and pork or toss in some pre-cooked chicken and make a meal out of it.


one pot garlic white cheddar shells in spoon


So, you guys know how I have rheumatoid arthritis right?  Well, I’ve talked about it a bit here and there.  I’m not much of a “poor me” kind of gal, so I try not to complain.


Sometimes my fingers don’t cooperate.  My RA has mostly attacked the joints in my fingers.  I have had a joint replacement in one of my knuckles.  I know, weird, right?

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you my “woe is me” story is because I recently discovered  Pop & Cook and it is a lifesaver for me!


garlic white cheddar shells in pan


Pop & Cook is garlic, onion and herbs that you can find right in the freezer section of Walmart.  They are prepared and flash frozen within 90 minutes of harvest.  I love that they are fresh like that.


pop and cook in walmart


Not only does it save time chopping and save my fingers when they are sore but sometimes it’s tough to find fresh herbs this time of year around here.  This is like having fresh herbs/garlic all year ’round.

And, you know how your fingers get all garlic smelling for days after chopping garlic?  Yeah, that isn’t a problem.  You just literally “pop” the garlic cube out without even touching it.

I decided to give them a try in a recipe where garlic really shines.  I am a huge garlic lover so I wanted to make sure the Pop & Cook was going to live up to they hype.


garlic shells in bowl with spoon


I must warn you a bit.  If you are not a huge garlic lover, you might want to knock the garlic down to 2 cubes for this recipe.  I’m not saying it’s too much because such a thing would never leave my lips but let’s just say if you make this as is, you are safe from vampires.  I just happen to love garlic so this was the perfect amount for me.  You decide if you think 3 is too much.  Each cube is equal to 1 garlic clove so it’s easy to measure.


Creating this One Pot Garlic White Cheddar Shells is easy.  Simply put all ingredients except the cheese in a pot.  Simmer it for about 20 minutes and then stir in the cheeses.  Check out the quickie video I made to show you just how easy it is!




5 from 2 votes
One Pot Garlic White Cheddar Shells
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These garlic white cheddar shells not only come together quickly and easily in one pot but you can use it for either a side dish or main course.  Simply add pre-cooked chicken to make it a main course.  Ready in under 30 minutes.

Course: dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: foodyschmoody
  • 16 oz small shell pasta
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 3 C milk I used 1%
  • 1 tsp salt more or less to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper more or less to taste
  • 2-3 Pop & Cook Crushed Garlic Cubes equals 3 cloves depending on how much garlic you like
  • 2 C grated sharp white cheddar
  • ½ C grated parmesan cheese
  1. Add pasta, butter, broth, milk, salt, pepper and garlic to a large pot over medium heat. Keep a close watch on pot, stirring every few minutes. Once mixture starts to bubble around the edges, quickly reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Continue to simmer, uncovered, stirring every couple of minutes, for 15-20 minutes. Once pasta is tender and liquid is mostly absorbed, remove from heat. Stir in cheeses, about 1 C at a time to avoid clumping.
  3. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Using freshly grated cheese is recommended as it is less likely to clump.



**Recipe adapted from:



garlic shells serving spoon



Pop & Cook is found in the freezer section at Walmart.  I found mine right next to the frozen veggies.

Pop & Cook products include:

Crushed Garlic

Chopped Ginger

Sauteed Glazed Onions

Crushed Cilantro

Chopped Basil



 One Pot Garlic White Cheddar Shells  


  1. Sorry that you suffer from RA. I understand how difficult it can be at times to try to do simple chores we would normally never think would become difficult. Using Pop and Cook is a great help. I’ll have to look for it next time I shop. This delicious garlic white cheddar shells recipe will be a hit with everyone.

  2. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I’m going to make this dish for my husband for dinner tonight!

  3. This looks so simple but so delectable at the same time. There’s not much I love more than some cheese and pasta. This might easily become a staple around my house…

  4. We eat a lot of garlic salt. We are trying to get away from the salt, so this will be an awesome alternative for our love of garlic.

  5. Kallee

    It looks creamy and delicious and so easy to cook. Grown up mac & cheese!

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