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30 Parmesan Cheese Recipes That Are to Die For

Do you have a can of parmesan about to go bad in the fridge? Use it up on one of these 30 parmesan cheese recipes

Parmesan tastes fantastic on top of pizza and pasta. However, that’s not all it’s good for, not even close! You can use it in lots of delicious recipes.

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How do baked cheddar parmesan cheese crisps sound? What about jalapeno popper dip or parmesan breakfast potatoes?

Some zucchini parm or baked asparagus?

Oh yes. All those are things you can do with that leftover parmesan. So what are you waiting for? Check out these parmesan cheese recipes NOW! 

1. Garlic Parmesan Mac and Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, with a crunchy Panko topping… 

That’s what you get with this devilishly decadent mac and cheese. 

You’ll combine cheddar, parmesan, and mozzarella for a triple-cheesy masterpiece.

Add a little garlic, and it’s out-of-this-world amazing.

Traditionally, mac-n-cheese is a great side dish. However, this one is so awesome that it’ll totally steal the show.

You can easily turn it into the main course. No one will mind.

2. Baked Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Thin, crispy, and cheesy. These baked cheddar parmesan crisps are phenomenal.

And you can make them with just three ingredients. Yes, three. 

Actually, you can make them with just parmesan and cheddar. However, most people like to add seasonings to them.

My go-to is garlic. This recipe calls for Italian seasoning. 

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You could also use salt, cayenne, chili powder, etc., or swap out the cheese varieties. It’s all up to you. 

Either way, these are a keto-friendly alternative to potato chips. 

3. One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

This recipe’s author calls it “the easiest and creamiest pasta made in a single pot.”

It’s hard to beat a description like that, so I’m not going to try! 

If you want a simple, delicious meal ready in 30 minutes, give it a try.

4. Parmesan Breakfast Potatoes

Who doesn’t love fried potatoes for breakfast? They’re flavorful, filling, and the perfect start to anyone’s day. Want to know how to make them even tastier?

Smother them in garlic, paprika, rosemary, parsley, and parmesan.

They’re cheesy, herby, and so fantastic that the smell alone will make you drool. Best of all, they take just half an hour to prepare.

5. Crispy Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)

Picture your favorite Italian restaurant. Now imagine the best chicken parmesan you’ve ever had there. 

This recipe for chicken parm is about to blow that one out of the water.

The chicken is tender, juicy, and perfectly breaded. The sauce is tomato-flavored and robust. 

The cheese is gooey, warm, and insanely tasty. Together, this dish is sheer perfection.

Be sure you make enough to go around because sharing is not an option.

6. Wingstop Garlic Parmesan Wings

Wingstop wings are some of the best there are. They’re succulent, peppery, and have just the right amount of heat. 

The garlic parmesan sauce is the real star of this show, though.

These 30-minute wings are downright addictive. Pair them with fries, coleslaw, or anything else you like.

Or enjoy them on their own. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. 

7. Jalapeno Popper Dip

The creamy nature of this dip contrasts wonderfully with the crisp parmesan topping. It’s tangy and spicy and supremely cheesy. 

You’ll make it with eight ingredients. Plus, it takes less than 40 minutes to whip up.

You can serve it with toasted baguettes, chips, or veggies. It makes an excellent party appetizer.

8. Baked Spaghetti

Spaghetti is always a marvelous meal. Baked spaghetti is even better. 

It takes everything you love about spaghetti and upgrades it. It’s spaghetti with a gooey, cheesy topping.

Whip up some buttery garlic bread, and call it an evening! 

9. Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Need a crowd-pleasing side dish that everyone will appreciate? You can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes.

They’re fluffy, buttery, and sure to satisfy. 

Load them down with garlic and parmesan to make them even better.

These potatoes use just seven ingredients and are the creamiest and tastiest you’ll ever try.

10. Baked Asparagus With Parmesan

Baked asparagus is crisp outside, tender inside, and juicy all the way through.

It takes 20 minutes to prepare this side dish with just five ingredients.

You’ll cover them in parmesan for extra pizzazz. Adding garlic to the mix makes them even more scrumptious.

No matter what protein you serve these with, they’ll be a great match.

11. Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

The name of this dish tells you pretty much everything you need to know about it. Melt-in-your-mouth chicken. Doesn’t that sound divine?

Trust me, it is. 

You’ve never had something with so few ingredients (six) that tastes so good. It’s juicy, cheesy, and garlicky.

Everyone at the table will want seconds, maybe even thirds. 

12. Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken

This bruschetta- and parmesan-topped chicken is a nutritious, flavorful meal. It combines plenty of veggies and herbs for a bright, garden-fresh taste. 

The chicken is well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. The balsamic glaze is optional, but take my advice and add it.

It adds a tangy zing that pairs flawlessly with the other ingredients. 

It’s a low-calorie, protein-packed meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make. It’s hard to argue with that kind of yumminess. 

13. Zucchini Pie

Zucchini pie may sound strange, but it’s remarkably good. It’s a savory, deep-dish pie packed with cheese and veggies. 

It’s like an oversized muffin, only savory and not sweet. It’s fluffy, moist, and will have you coming back for more. 

14. Zucchini Parmesan Bread

Honestly, zucchini and parmesan go hand-in-hand. They taste so good together, in fact, that one recipe combining them isn’t enough. 

That’s why I added this zucchini parmesan bread, as well.

It’s thicker and denser than the zucchini pie above. However, it still has the same fabulous taste. 

If you love cheese and veggies, you’ll appreciate this yummy homemade bread. 

15. Parmesan Crumbed Fish

I won’t say that parmesan-crusted fish is the only way to eat fish. I will say that it’s one of the very best ways to eat it, though. 

This tender, flaky fish has a spectacular parmesan crust that’s out of this world. It’s garlicky, crunchy, and tangy from the Dijon mustard. 

It’s hard to know what’s better, the taste or the texture. Both are impressive and will delight your senses.

Pair it with creamy mashed potatoes and crisp, roasted asparagus. 

It’s a five-star meal in the comfort of your own home.

16. Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Do you love the bright, tangy flavor of lemon garlic pasta? Try adding parmesan, baby spinach, and shrimp.

It turns an already tasty meal into something extraordinary. 

Best of all, it takes less than half an hour to make. If you’re looking for a quick, delicious lunch option, this pasta is it. 

17. Zucchini Parmesan

Remember how we talked about zucchini and parmesan going hand-in-hand? This recipe proves that (if the other two weren’t proof enough). 

You’ve tried eggplant or chicken parmesan, right? This recipe is similar, only you’ll use zucchini instead.

However, the zucchini is lighter and doesn’t weigh down your stomach. Give it a try the next time you want Italian but aren’t feeling eggplant parm. 

18. Eggplant Parmesan

Speaking of eggplant parm, let’s go ahead and add a recipe for that, too!

This recipe makes the classic dish you know from your favorite Italian place. 

It’s layer upon layer of cheese, sauce, and eggplant goodness. It takes some time to get right, but it’s well worth it in the end. 

If you need an impressive recipe that’s bound to turn heads, give it a try.

19. Parmesan Ranch Chicken

This flavorful, baked chicken is as nutritious as it is delicious. It has a drool-worthy parmesan ranch crust and is succulent and tender inside.

You’ll make it with five simple ingredients. (And you probably have all five of them in your kitchen right now!)

Pair it with a couple of lean sides for a light, healthy dinner option. 

20. Cheesy Garlic Bread

These days, you can buy some pretty impressive frozen cheesy bread. Even so, there’s nothing like the real thing. 

I’m talking about homemade bread smothered in garlic butter and oozing with gooey cheese.

The kind with a delightful crunch in every bite. Can’t you just picture it already?

This cheesy garlic bread is the stuff. And there’s not a frozen version around that can top it. 

21. Baked Ziti

Let’s be honest here. Baked ziti is all about the cheese. Sure, there’s chewy pasta and well-seasoned meat. And yes, the herby marinara sauce is fantastic. 

But nothing tops the combination of ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella.

The melted cheese is absolutely the crowning achievement in this dish.

22. Creamy Penne Chicken Pasta Dish

This creamy pasta dish is one the whole family will enjoy. It’s light, bright, and filled with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and more. 

It’s a light, buttery meal that takes just 30 minutes to whip up. Additionally, you’ll make the entire thing in a single pot.

That means clean-up is just as simple as cooking it! 

23. Parmesan Herb Keto Bread

The keto diet is a great way to lose weight, especially if you’re in a hurry. It’s not unusual to drop several pounds in the first couple of weeks. 

However, it can be downright torturous for bread lovers. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be.

This keto bread recipe (and others like it) will ensure you get your bread fix. 

The texture is slightly different from “real” bread. However, the cheesy taste makes up for that.

Smear it with butter or dip it in soup. Either way, you will love this bread. (Keto or no keto!)

24. Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

Do you know what’s even better than crispy, sauce-covered chicken parm?

Stuffed crispy, sauce-covered chicken parm! 

This twist on the traditional chicken parmesan dish puts cheese inside the chicken.

It ensures you get plenty of ooey-gooey cheese in every bite. 

It takes the original recipe and dials it up to 11. Fair warning, though: Once you try this one, the original recipe will never be the same. 

25. Lasagna

I’ll be honest. This lasagna recipe isn’t the quickest or the easiest one to make.

That said, it’s probably the best lasagna recipe I’ve ever used. 

It’s the closest to authentic Italian lasagna you’ll get outside of Italy. The meat sauce, the cheese, the béchamel sauce. It’s all spot-on. 

You won’t find a lasagna recipe that tastes much better than this one.

But if you do, please tell me about it! Because if it’s better than this one, it must be divine.

26. Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are always a quick and easy meal option. Even novice chefs can whip them up without any problems. 

This recipe is no exception. It requires only six ingredients and is ready in just 40 minutes.

Plus, it kicks the tenders up a notch by adding parmesan and garlic. What’s not to love?

27. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This dish has all the bright freshness of a Caesar salad but with pasta!

Crunchy croutons, creamy dressing, and tender chicken make an excellent combination. 

Add some lettuce, pasta, and parmesan, and it’ll be a real crowd-pleaser.                                                                                                          

28. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Whether appetizers or main dishes, stuffed peppers are always a hit. And these meatless ones are perfect for your vegetarian friends. 

They’re still just as delicious as ever, cheesy, spicy, and well-seasoned. They even have a hearty, meaty filling, thanks to the chickpeas and quinoa. 

If you love Italian food and/or peppers, you’re bound to appreciate these.

29. Cajun Chicken Pasta

Cajun pasta is some of the very best pasta there is. It contains robust flavors like garlic, parmesan, and Cajun spice. There’s a little heat to it, as well. 

This Cajun pasta is a jazzed-up version of chicken Alfredo. It’s so much better, though.

And it takes just 20 minutes to make. Don’t be surprised if it becomes an overnight favorite. 

30. Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Parmesan Butter

And finally, I will end with one of the world’s most underrated veggies. 


I think artichokes get a bad rap because they don’t necessarily look appetizing. That’s incredibly unfortunate because they taste phenomenal. 

That’s especially true if you grill them with butter, oregano, garlic, and parmesan.

These may not be the prettiest things you’ve ever eaten. But believe me when I tell you that you’ll love them, anyway.

30 Best Ways to Use Parmesan Cheese

No one will be able to resist these parmesan cheese recipes! From pasta to spaghetti to chicken and fish, parmesan makes everything better!


  • Garlic Parmesan Mac and Cheese

  • Baked Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Crisps

  • One -Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

  • Parmesan Breakfast Potatoes

  • Crispy Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)

  • Wingstop Garlic Parmesan Wings

  • Jalapeno Popper Dip

  • Baked Spaghetti

  • Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Baked Asparagus With Parmesan

  • Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

  • Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken

  • Zucchini Pie

  • Zucchini Parmesan Bread

  • Parmesan Crumbed Fish

  • Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

  • Zucchini Parmesan

  • Eggplant Parmesan

  • Parmesan Ranch Chicken

  • Cheesy Garlic Bread

  • Baked Ziti

  • Creamy Penne Chicken Pasta Dish

  • Parmesan Herb Keto Bread

  • Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

  • Lasagna

  • Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

  • Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

  • Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

  • Cajun Chicken Pasta

  • Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Parmesan Butter


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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