Pasta with Cream & Garlic

This super simple pasta was really nice. A good accompaniment to all kinds of things. Courtesy of Pinterest.

  • 1⁄2 lb dried spaghetti
  • 1 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
  • 1⁄4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package directions. While pasta cookes, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add butter and when it’s hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) and gently saute until garlic is softening but not browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream and a generous sprinkle of salt. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring a few times, then remove from heat and set aside. When pasta is done, just before draining, reserve 2 tablespoons of the pasta water. Drain the pasta, return to the pot, and add the garlic cream, parmesan cheese, pasta water, sprinkle of salt, and some fresh black pepper. Toss until sauce is creamy and pasta is coated. Serve immediately.

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