Butter and Herb pasta is one of those recipes we all need to have tucked away somewhere. Start to finish this meal comes together in less that 20 minutes, but looks good enough to serve to guests and tastes so good you won’t want to wait for a special occasion to make it! Butter, garlic and handfuls of fresh herbs give this old standby a grown up makeover!
Ever since I was little, pasta tossed with butter and garlic has been a weeknight staple. Almost nothing comes together faster – throw in a quick vegetable and a loaf of italian bread and dinner is on the table in 10 minutes. My kids still love this, but lately I’ve been looking for a way to make this recipe a little more sophisticated. Maybe stick a cap and gown on it and take it from a quick weeknight dish to something I’d be able to throw together for last minute visitors.
I was having one of those days last week. The kids were all over, full of energy, and I clearly wasn’t. They ran through the house while I chased after them mumbling about rules. Dishes from their snack were piled in the sink and toys were strewn about the house. It was while surveying this mess that I remembered, much too late, that I hadn’t defrosted anything for dinner. And then the ball happened. Someone threw it, although I never did figure out exactly who. It bounced off of the door frame and then the counter, crashing in to my windowsill herb garden, sending the container crashing down. Dirt and herb plants littered my kitchen counters as I tried to decide which one I was more upset about. Turns out it was the plants. Once I had scooped the dirt back into the container I was left with a pile of broken plants. I picked off the basil and parsley leaves. I figured I’d freeze them
- 1 lb pasta
- 1 stick salted butter
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups fresh basil and parsley, depending on your tastes, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and toss with a bit of olive oil to keep it from sticking.
Melt the butter and cook the garlic until fragrant. Pour the butter and garlic over the pasta.
Throw in your fresh chopped herbs and toss well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss again before serving.
I cooked some sweet Italian sausage to put over the pasta, with fresh Parmesan cheese, and even my boys went back for seconds!
What’s your favorite weeknight pasta dish?