Garlic Parmesan Pasta

I absolutely love making Garlic Parmesan Pasta! It’s a simple and delicious dish that always hits the spot. The combination of garlic and Parmesan cheese creates a rich and creamy flavor that I can’t resist.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

The recipe starts by cooking the pasta until it’s al dente, then sautéing minced garlic in olive oil until it becomes fragrant. Next, I add a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese and allow it to melt into a silky sauce. Finally, I toss in the cooked pasta and garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color. It’s a quick and satisfying meal that never fails to impress!

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta
  • Fresh Parsley, to garnish
  • Optional seasonings: ¼ tsp of each: onion powder, oregano, thyme, parsley, pepper.

Instructions for Making Garlic Parmesan Pasta

  1. Prepare the Cheese: Grate the Parmesan cheese and set it aside to allow it to get to room temperature.
  2. Cook the Garlic: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add Liquids: Add the chicken broth and optional seasoning mix. Slowly add the milk, stirring as you do so. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cook the Pasta: Add the pasta noodles. You can break them in half for a better fit, or allow them to heat and use kitchen tongs to twist them into the skillet as they soften. Let the pasta simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the noodles don’t stick together. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Final Touches: Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the warm pasta and toss to coat. Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring as you do so, until smooth and well-combined. Note: The sauce will be thin at first but will thicken nicely upon standing. The pasta will continue to absorb more of the sauce as well.
  6. Serve: Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with Garlic Bread with Cheese!

Tips for Perfecting the Recipe

Achieving the perfect Garlic Parmesan Pasta requires attention to detail and a few chef’s secrets. Here are some tips to elevate your dish:

Quality Ingredients: The foundation of a great dish lies in its ingredients. Opt for high-quality Parmesan cheese and fresh garlic. The difference in flavor is noticeable, with fresher ingredients offering a more aromatic and vibrant taste.

Pasta Doneness: Angel hair pasta cooks quickly, making it easy to overcook. Aim for al dente, where the pasta is cooked through but still has a slight bite. This texture not only tastes better but also holds the sauce more effectively.

Sauce Consistency: The key to a creamy sauce is managing the heat. After adding the cheese, ensure the heat is low to prevent the sauce from separating. If the sauce is too thin, let it stand for a few minutes off the heat; it will thicken as it cools.

Seasoning Balance: While the recipe includes optional seasonings, adjusting these to your taste can significantly enhance the dish. Start with the recommended amounts and adjust as needed. Remember, it’s easier to add more seasoning than to fix an overly seasoned dish.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic Parmesan Pasta is versatile and pairs wonderfully with a variety of sides and proteins. Here are some serving suggestions to complete your meal:

Protein Pairings: Elevate the dish by adding grilled chicken, shrimp, or steak. The protein can be seasoned simply with salt and pepper to complement the pasta’s flavors without overpowering them.

Vegetable Sides: A side of roasted vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts adds color, texture, and nutritional value to your meal. The slight bitterness of the greens contrasts beautifully with the creamy pasta.

Bread: Serve with a side of garlic bread or cheesy garlic bread for dipping into the sauce. The crunch of the bread adds a delightful texture contrast to the creamy pasta.

Salad: A light, refreshing salad dressed with a vinaigrette can balance the richness of the pasta. Consider a salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a balsamic or lemon dressing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of pasta? Yes, you can use spaghetti or fettuccine instead of angel hair. Adjust the liquid quantities and cooking time accordingly, as thicker pastas require more liquid and longer cooking times.

How can I make the pasta sauce creamier? For an even creamier sauce, you can substitute half of the milk with heavy cream. This adjustment adds richness and depth to the sauce, making it extra indulgent.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free? Absolutely. Substitute the angel hair pasta with your favorite gluten-free pasta. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary, so adjust according to the package instructions.

How do I store and reheat leftovers? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently in a pan over low heat, adding a splash of milk or water to loosen the sauce. Microwave reheating is also an option, though stovetop reheating is recommended for best texture.

Can I add vegetables to the pasta? Yes, adding vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or sun-dried tomatoes can introduce new flavors and textures to the dish. Add these towards the end of cooking to ensure they’re heated through but not overcooked.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

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I absolutely love making Garlic Parmesan Pasta! It's a simple and delicious dish that always hits the spot.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 3 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta
  • Fresh Parsley to garnish
  • Optional seasonings: ¼ tsp of each: onion powder oregano, thyme, parsley, pepper.

Instructions

  • Prepare the Cheese: Grate the Parmesan cheese and set it aside to allow it to get to room temperature.
  • Cook the Garlic: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add Liquids: Add the chicken broth and optional seasoning mix. Slowly add the milk, stirring as you do so. Bring to a boil.
  • Cook the Pasta: Add the pasta noodles. You can break them in half for a better fit, or allow them to heat and use kitchen tongs to twist them into the skillet as they soften. Let the pasta simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the noodles don’t stick together. Reduce heat to low.
  • Final Touches: Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the warm pasta and toss to coat. Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring as you do so, until smooth and well-combined. Note: The sauce will be thin at first but will thicken nicely upon standing. The pasta will continue to absorb more of the sauce as well.
  • Serve: Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with Garlic Bread with Cheese!

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