Forget fancy ingredients and elaborate sauces! This Creamy Garlic Pasta recipe is a love letter to the power of simple flavors, where silky smooth pasta meets the warm embrace of garlic in a symphony of pure deliciousness. It’s a quick and easy weeknight hero, a budget-friendly crowd-pleaser, and a versatile canvas for your culinary creativity.

So, grab your garlic, boil your water, and get ready to experience pasta heaven in just a few steps!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry pasta (penne, fettuccine, or spaghetti work well)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or milk for a lighter version)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Optional additions:

  • Chopped cooked chicken, shrimp, or vegetables (broccoli, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicy kick
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice for a touch of brightness
  • A sprinkle of crumbled cooked bacon for extra umami

Equipment:

  • Large pot
  • Colander
  • Skillet or saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Serving bowls

Instructions:

  1. Pasta perfection: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  2. Garlic symphony: While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in your skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant but not browned.
  3. Creamy embrace: Pour in the heavy cream (or milk) and whisk to combine. Let the sauce simmer for a minute until slightly thickened.
  4. Parmesan power: Add the grated Parmesan cheese and stir until melted and incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pasta party: Add the drained pasta to the creamy garlic sauce and toss gently to coat. Cook for another minute or two, allowing the flavors to meld.
  6. Fresh flourish: Stir in the chopped parsley and any other desired additions (chicken, shrimp, vegetables, etc.).
  7. Serve with love: Divide the creamy garlic pasta into serving bowls and sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

Bonus Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, use browned butter instead of olive oil.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg or paprika for a touch of warmth.
  • Reserve some of the pasta water before draining. You can add a tablespoon or two to the sauce if it feels too thick.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently over low heat, adding a splash of milk or cream if needed.

This Creamy Garlic Pasta recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. It’s a dish that proves you don’t need fancy ingredients or complicated techniques to create a meal that’s both satisfying and soul-warming. So, grab your garlic, embrace the creamy goodness, and get ready to write your own culinary masterpiece, one delicious bite at a time!

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