…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? With prices on the rise we’re all having to watch our spending these days. For those who love a great basic budget pasta this is the perfect recipe. It is super quick to make by simply tossing your favorite pasta with butter, fresh-chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese. It’s the recipe to cook when you don't feel like making a trip to the grocery store. Just use whatever you have on hand! To freshen it up a bit and give it a pop of color, add some chopped vine-ripened tomatoes for an added “flavor thrill.”
Cheesy, buttered pasta is one of those dishes that feels naughty, indulgent and comforting—all at the same time—but in reality, costs next to nothing. The total cost for this recipe is about 6-bucks for the whole thing or a $1.50 serving. You can splurge by adding some shrimp or chicken, roasted nuts or asparagus slices to make it prettier, more flavorful and more nutritious.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1 (6 ounce) package dry spaghetti
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons minced garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper (optional)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
ChefSecret: A good rule of thumb; figure 6-ounces of uncooked pasta will yield 18-ounces of cooked pasta. If you have a little cream left over in the fridge mix in an ounce or so for a creamer, saucier dish.
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