Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Creamy Garlic Pasta

Browsing on Pinterest the other day I came across a pasta dish that looked oh so delicious. I new I had most of the ingredients at home so all I had to do was swing by Target on my walk home from work and pick up some pasta and chicken broth.

The thing I love most about this recipe is that it's a one pot meal, however I didn't read through the whole recipe so I started a pot to cook my noodles in.

Garlic, olive oil, butter
You simply start with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 4 garlic cloves minced (I love garlic so I added an extra clove) and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and mix until melted then add 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 3 cups chicken stock and bring to a roiling boil.

Once it's boiling add the pasta. This is where I had a little problem because I added a whole box of spaghetti noodles. Angle hair seems to cook up faster and my spaghetti took longer and seemed to soak up most of the broth before the noodles were cooked so I just added the remaining cup of chicken stock. Once the noodles are cooked, reduce the heat to medium and add one cup of parmesan cheese and mix until completely melted. Turn off the heat and add 3/4 cup heavy cream and give it a few more stirs.

Final product
Adding parsley would of given it a nice pop for a picture, but I was more focused on eating the darn thing than taking a picture of it. I was pleasantly surprised with how nice and creamy the sauce was yet it didn't sit heavy in my stomach. I had an evening of sports/exercise and I was able to make it through three games at volleyball without stomach pains like most creamy sauces give me.

Oh, and like I said, I really like garlic, so in the future, I will probably add some more garlic cloves, but since I didn't know the level of garlic-ness this would have until the end, I did end up adding some garlic powder and salt.

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