Pasta with Garlic Butter

Pasta with Garlic Butter

It doesn’t get much easier than garlic butter pasta. Toss spaghetti with warm garlicky butter and you’ll be in carb bliss in no time.  The possibilities are limitless. However, this recipe is a terrific place to start.

In addition to the garlic butter, this recipe asks for chard and parmesan, but you can omit or swap preferred garnishes. Just keep in mind that the dish’s appeal lies in its simplicity.

Ingredients
to taste kosher salt
8 oz. spaghetti, or 8 oz. bucatini
3 tblsp butter (unsalted)
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Optional: 1 cup chard or spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make It

Vegan Banana Muffins are quick and easy to make.
Bring a big saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Using one tablespoon of salt per gallon of water, season the water. It’s fine to make educated guesses. Cook until the pasta is al dente, about eight to ten minutes.

Drain the cooked pasta in a strainer and place the pot back on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir in the butter and garlic, if using. Browning the garlic is not recommended. When the garlic begins to crackle and soften after a minute or two. Stir in the chard or spinach (if using) for 1 minute.Return the cooked pasta to the saucepan, along with the grated parmesan and seasonings to taste, and toss to incorporate. Serve right away.

Tips
Make sure the pasta isn’t overcooked. While it’s cooking, keep an eye on it and drain it just before you believe it’s done. When you take a bite of a noodle and consider to yourself, “maybe another minute,” it’s time to take it off the heat. As the noodles steam in the colander, they will continue to soften before being combined with the heated butter in the saucepan. They’ll be precisely al dente by the time they’re on the platter.

Cooking the garlic butter achieves two goals: softening the raw garlic flavor and infusing the butter with garlic flavor. Because the little garlic bits cook fast, this doesn’t take long. If the garlic is cooked too long, it will become brown. Browned garlic has an unpleasant bitterness that should be avoided in this recipe, so remove the garlic butter from the flame as it begins to crackle.
Variations on the Recipe

However, before combining broccoli with the final pasta, give it a short steam.
Herbs like rosemary, oregano, basil, and sorrel complement this basic spaghetti without overpowering it.
For a substantial, protein-rich main, toss buttered spaghetti with a can of tuna, drained and washed chickpeas, or white beans.