Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

    25 minutes

    This is an easy dish I make when I am just cooking for myself. Creamy basil, garlic and butter sauce over angel hair pasta.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 60g angel hair pasta
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2/3 cup (160ml) thickened cream
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Once done, set aside 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta in a colander in the sink. Keep warm.
    2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook for 3 minutes, then stir in the garlic and continue cooking until the onion has softened and turned translucent, 1 to 2 minutes more.
    3. Pour in the cream, and stir in the Parmesan cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 minutes. Dilute with the reserved pasta water if the sauce is too thick for your taste. Pour the sauce over the angel hair pasta to serve.

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    This dish was AWESOME! It seriously tasted like something from Olive Garden. The only thing I did different was that I added a small handful of mozzerella cheese to the sauce and I didnt use any of the pasta water. I also sauted some shrimp in butter and a clove of minced garlic and it turned out perfect! I will be making this one again and again!  -  26 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    WOW! My family really loved this. I needed this for 6 and it converted very easily. I wanted to add chicken so I just cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces seasoned with salt and peper and cooked them with the onions and garlic. I also had some really fresh tomatoes so I chopped them into small pieces and added them to the top of the dish after it was on the plate. This made a wonderful addition. I will be making this a lot.  -  16 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Fantastic!!! After reading everyone's issues with thickness, and especially since I am a carbonara expert (Thanks Dad!), the best way to get desired thickness is a low flame for 20-30 minutes, constant stirring, and if necessary, 2 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp of cold water mixture. Other than the usual additions of shrimp, chicken or veggies, I wouldn't have changed a thing!!  -  12 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)