Burnt Macaroni - spaghetti with butter 049abThe cold weather this week got me thinking about my favorite comfort foods.  One of my favorites from childhood is pasta and butter!  Without fail my mom used to make elbow macaroni with butter on Saturday afternoon, I think she still does.  I remember the buttery noodles covered in pepper watching professional bowling (yes bowling) on a snowy afternoon.  It was delish!  And while I still make elbow macaroni and butter, my tastes have changed so I add a little more to this comfort food to make it a meal.  This recipe for Garlic Spaghetti still has my favorites, pasta and butter, but I added garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil.  Burnt Macaroni - spaghetti with butter 093abThe key to this dish is to not overcook anything!  The pasta needs to be al dente (under cooked) and be careful not to burn the garlic.  If you want to learn how to saute garlic, read this!   It’s a great lesson!  This recipe sounds scientific but its really not.  After all it’s just spaghetti!

Burnt Macaroni - spaghetti with butter 100abYou can never have too much Parmesan.  The recipe calls for 1 cup of grated Parmesan, but I think I used double that after I plated the spaghetti.  And the parsley is a great addition to give it some color.

Burnt Macaroni - spaghetti with butter 123abThis pasta dish can be made for dinner and reheated for lunch.  Serve with a vegetable and some bread and your meal is complete.  Don’t forget the red wine!  Red wine goes great with pasta!

Garlic Spaghetti!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Thin Spaghetti
  • 10 Garlic Cloves peeled
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • Parsley chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil pot of water for spaghetti, add pinch of salt
  2. Cook 1/2 pound spaghetti for 7 minutes - al dente (under cooked)
  3. In separate pan, heat up olive oil and garlic. Leave garlic whole. Only cook garlic until slightly golden. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Add spaghetti to pan with olive oil and garlic. Mix well.
  5. Add 1/2 stick softened butter and mix
  6. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and parsley to pan. Mix well
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Serve with additional Parmesan Cheese and parsley

Recipe Notes

This is a light, simple pasta dish. You can add some chicken or shrimp to make it a full meal. If you prefer not to use the butter, you can leave that off.

 

 

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As a married-mother of two, Chris understands the demand on all families when it comes to dinner-time. She started her food blog, Burnt Macaroni, because she wanted to make that process easier for her family and others. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram as she teaches herself and her kids how to cook!

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