Monday, April 1, 2013

Lemon Garlic Angel Hair Pasta

I gravitate towards recipes that are versatile, easy to prepare while still being healthy and nutritious. This Lemon Garlic Pasta Recipe is a great choice using ingredients that aren't hard to find while also being very forgiving to any tweaks or changes that might suit your fancy. Tweaks like adding halved plum tomatoes, steamed broccoli, topping with some grilled shrimp, adding some sauteed chicken breast or even dumping a can of cream of chicken could be appropriate for this recipe. I've served this pasta as a bed for my crispy skin salmon before as well, and it turned out phenomenally. So tweak away and enjoy your creations!

16 ounces angel hair pasta (one store bought box of pasta)
1/4 cup fresh flat leafed parsley, or fresh Italian sweet basil, coarsely chopped (I prefer parsley but either is fine)
1/2 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 tsp chicken flavor instant bouillon (not absolutely necessary, but a nice touch)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling, store bought grated Parmesan like the one shown at right will do just fine, but fresh is always better!
1. Set a pot of water to boil while you prepare the rest of your ingredients, this way your pasta will have hot water to hop into once you're almost done cooking.
2. In large skillet, cook garlic in olive oil until golden
3. Add lemon juice and chicken bouillon if using.
4. Cook and stir until bouillon dissolves.
5. In large bowl, toss pasta, garlic mixture, cheese and parsley; serve immediately. Season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to your own liking.
6. Enjoy!
Serves 6.