Thursday, May 3, 2012

Creamy Garlic Pasta (and how to peel garlic in 10 seconds)

Well, I was planning on making this as a side dish for some chicken, but I ended up making it for dinner the other night. Heath was back in Norfolk for a couple days and I wanted something simple for Jesse and I to have for dinner. This fit the bill.

This was so creamy and garlicky...loved it. I will definitely make it a side dish OR a main dish.

The recipe though, is kind of secondary in today's post. What I really want to share with you is THIS. Seriously...WATCH THIS VIDEO!!! (It's only 1 minute can do it)

I put this garlic-peeling technique to work with this recipe...OMG. So simple!!! And no, you don't have to use metal bowls, or even two bowls that are the same size. I used plastic mixing smaller than the other. As long those little garlic pieces have room to get shaken around, you're good.

I always used the minced garlic in the jar cause I hated peeling garlic, so I'm thrilled to have found this technique (thank you Pinterest!).

Well, I'm off to take the boy to the pool as I promised (he's standing right behind me in his swim-trunks with his arms crossed as much as they can be in his little arm floaties, tapping his foot). You all have a great rest of your's almost Friday!!


'Creamy Garlic Pasta'


2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons butter
 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


1. 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.

2. Once contents are at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Once pasta is cooked, lower the heat to medium and mix in the Parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream and parsley. Serve immediately.


  1. I normally cook my pasta in a big pot of boiling the pasta really suppose to go in the pot with the garlic and chicken broth first and cooked directly in that pot?

    Also, how many people does this recipe serve?

    Thank you for sharing the recipe

  2. I was unsure about it as well but yes, you cook the pasta in the garlic chicken stock. It's really good. If you make the recipe as posted above, I'd say it would feed three adults, but you can easily adjust it to serve more.


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