Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan

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When I was a college student living on my own years ago, one of my go-to quick dishes was spaghetti noodles stirred in with a little olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary.

It’s still a favorite comforting side dish, though I’ve fancied it up a notch with the use of angel hair pasta (so quick!), more herbs than just rosemary, sliced garlic, some red pepper flakes, and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

In this recipe we are using rosemary, oregano, and thyme, sturdy herbs that grow year round outside my kitchen window. You could easily use other herbs. If you use more delicate herbs like tarragon or basil, I would recommend not heating them in the oil, but tossing them in at the end with the Parmesan cheese.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic Herbs and Parmesan

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side

This recipe can easily be doubled. If you use delicate herbs such as basil or tarragon, toss them in at the end with the Parmesan.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method

1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts of water).

2 While the water is heating in step 1, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan on medium heat.  Add the sliced garlic, chili pepper flakes, finely chopped herbs, and chopped parsley to the oil.  Cook for one minute or until the parsley has wilted and the garlic is emitting a strong fragrance.  Remove from heat.

3 The angel hair past will cook in about 2 minutes once it starts, so get everything ready. Once the water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta.  Cook at a rolling boil until al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse briefly with cold water, just enough to stop the cooking, but not so much as to make the pasta cold. The pasta should still be quite warm.

4 Place pasta in a large bowl. Pour herbed garlic sauce over the pasta and gently toss to combine. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese  and freshly ground black pepper over the pasta and gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately as a side dish. Reheats well if you make ahead.

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  • Cortney

    We made this recipe tonight to compliment a lemon-garlic chicken and it was SO good and easy! Light, and a perfect side dish! The rosemary & thyme gave it such a good flavor. We’ll definitely be making this a staple!

  • Stephanie

    I fixed this for dinner tonight to have over some fresh pasta. It was delicious! I made it exactly to recipe, but next time I may reduce the amount of olive oil. Everything else was perfect! Thanks for a great and quick recipe!

  • John Mark Osborne

    Visiting my mother in the mountains and she doesn’t get good seafood. Thought this would pair well with pan friend lemon butter scallops and a nice side salad. Thanks for the recipe :)

  • Brenda Lindley

    Absolutely delicious! I added more olive oil and pour the Parmesan on top. Stirred, then added to my wheat angel hair pasta.

  • Chris S

    I’m 4 days behind on grocery shopping and had to scrounge to make dinner. I found two old packages of porcini mushroom ravioli in the freezer and the ingredients for your sauce, so I went for it. I omitted the chili flakes, but stuck to the rest of the recipe and it was incredible! My husband said it was the best pasta I’ve ever made. {beam} Thank you for posting!

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