Quick Garlic Pasta

    30 minutes

    I used to make this all the time when I didn't feel like cooking an elaborate lunch. We always called it 'peasant pasta.'

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    Serves: 4 

    • 180g spaghetti
    • 150g butter
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
    • 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 dash cayenne pepper
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
    2. Heat a frypan over medium-low heat. Melt butter with garlic very slowly to avoid burning the garlic. Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and parsley. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper to taste, if desired.
    3. Toss pasta into the frypan until well-coated with butter. Increase heat to medium and cook until pasta is heated through and has absorbed some of the butter. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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    This is a very good recipe I found after seeing something similar on tv. To simplify it further, you can cook your noodles, drain them and reserve a little bit of the noodle water in your final serving dish. To that water add your butter, spices, and the refrigerated garlic. Now mix in the still hot pasta and your leafy green thing of choice (I use either a little raw basil or a lot of raw spinach depending) into the buttery mix. The leaves wilt and the butter melts and you can toss it in its final serving dish. Cheese can go in now, or later on the side at the table (I use asiago, a little goes a long way and it keeps forever).  -  07 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was one of the first recipes I got from this site, and I have been making it for about 5 or 6 years. It is a very basic recipe that can be served with almost any meat dish---I like to pair it with grilled chicken breasts. Thanks for the great recipe!  -  22 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I loved this! It was great! We didn't use as much garlic though, and I added two cups of water and some mozzerella (shredded) to it too and it was fantastic! The hubby and I were both starving, and not wanting to spend a lot of time on dinner, and the weather being so hot, it was perfect, simple, and tasted great! I will definitely make this again!  -  08 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)