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angel hair pasta

a recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

A quick and easy Angel Hair Pasta recipe with fresh garlic, herbs and grated Parmesan Cheese. This pasta comes to together in less than fifteen minutes and it goes well with grilled fish, roasted chicken, grilled steak, and roasted pork. For the best flavor top with chopped fresh herbs and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese. This is one of our favorite side dishes.

serves 6
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For angel hair pasta

  • 12 oz
    angel hair pasta
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 4 clove
    garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary (see notes)
  • 1/2 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make angel hair pasta

  • 1
    Cook your pasta slightly al dente according to package directions and drain well.
  • 2
    When the pasta has 2 minutes cooking time left melt the butter and heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring constantly. Add the pasta and toss to coat with the butter and garlic.
  • 3
    Sprinkle the pasta with the herbs and grated Parmesan Cheese. Toss again to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. For best results serve promptly.
  • 4
    NOTES Cook the angel hair pasta slightly al dente which means slightly firm to the bite. Use fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, and rosemary. Keep in mind though that some herbs are better used dried like oregano and marjoram. Other pasta can be substituted for the angel hair including but not limited to spaghetti, thin spaghetti, penne, campanelle, macaroni, and rotini. Use fresh garlic minced finely. It is so flavorful and aromatic but remember to cook it over medium low heat stirring constantly for just 1 minute. If garlic browns or burns it tastes bitter. If you like everything with a little kick of spice add crushed red pepper to taste. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is worth every penny. It has a better texture, tastes better, and melts better than pre-grated Parmesan. Use a microplane or box grater to grate the cheese. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat leftovers in the microwave at a reduced power.