Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Creamy Garlic Pasta

I'm not sure why it took so long for me to join the revolution that is pinterest, nonetheless I have joined, I love it, I might be slightly obsessed, but who cares.  It is awesome the way we can share ideas this way. This post happens to be about my first pinterest recipe success :) I am sure there will be some failures too, which I will gladly share as well haha!

I (along with many others I'm sure) grew up on rice-a-roni, pasta-roni, etc.  There is nothing wrong with that, I turned out just fine, but I now realize how homemade and fresh ingredients make you feel so much better and are better for you too. That being said, this recipe tastes EXACTLY like pasta-roni!! I just added some rotisserie chicken for the protein factor and voila, you have a meal. I should have steamed some veggies that would have added nicely too, maybe you can try that.

2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
¼  tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 cups chicken stock
½ lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup heavy cream (I just used 1% milk to make it a little healthier)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
add chicken or veggies to make it a complete meal

In a pot, bring the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the butter until melted. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil. 
Once it is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Reduce the stove to medium heat and mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream and parsley. Serve immediately

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