Saturday, August 11, 2012

Garlic Buttered Pasta

Fast food: garlic buttered pasta, roasted chicken and a side of broccoli.

Following my previous post, I thought it would be most appropriate to share a pasta dish next. :)

I cooked this during the recent school holidays for my daughter and her friends. It was a last minute get-together and of all times, they chose to come over at 11am. *big groan*

Obviously, I had to ensure a (somewhat) proper lunch was provided. *grumble grumble*

Hey, school holidays are very precious to me, you know? It's when I get to laze in bed and allow everything to fall apart. The kids run amok and I couldn't care less, so you can imagine how reluctantly I tore my bedraggled self from the cosy comfort of my bed.

I trudged to the kitchen to see what I could churn out under short notice, and after a good 5 minutes of vacant staring into my fridge - "Earth calling Ju, Earth calling Ju" - I decided to make a buttered pasta, a side of blanched veggies and a roasted half-chicken. Fast and painless. Perfect!

You know, I absolutely hate cooking under pressure because I just can't think on my feet. The kids in Junior Masterchef would surely beat me hands down (actually, they'd beat many, many adults hands down).

Also, I tend to be extra clumsy and messy when I cook-on-demand ... the kitchen always ends up looking like a hurricane-swept zone after I am done. This time was no different - ONE. BIG. MESS.

Maybe it was the stress of rushing out food, but I felt completely spent afterward. I didn't even cut up the roasted chicken, or bother twirling the spaghetti. In fact, if you look at my photo, I literally plonked everything onto big serving dishes, snapped 2 shots, and told the girls to "help yourselves!"

All I wanted was a nice shower, followed by some durians, and then slink back into bed once more ... all three of which I did. :)

(from tasteofhome)

Yield: 4 servings

- 2 cups uncooked small pasta shells (I used 3/4 packet spaghetti)
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced (I used 6 cloves)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
- Dash of salt
- Dash of pepper

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter (make sure under low heat - the garlic and butter should not brown). Remove from the heat. Drain pasta; add to garlic butter. Stir in the parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; toss to coat.


  1. Simple but looks good! It's hard to go wrong with butter... and garlic... and cheese. ;)

  2. This is one of my fave ways to eat pasta..:)

    Your humor is always so spot on..the mom of a teen..and 2 littler ones!
    I often think it's a good thing I am alone when baking etc..everything looks so nice once it's done and all cleaned up..even the beginning..but at the end when it goes in the oven before the clean up?

    Not so much..Great how you get the back all blurry..naturally.xx

  3. A simple and no-fuss dish yet tastes so good.

  4. Gosh, the durians sound great! Really craving some now..hehe. Thanks for sharing your funny story, and delicious-looking food!

  5. Your photo still looks good. Oh my, go back to bed after durians, that is simply luxurious.

  6. add an egg on the side, this would be the perfect pick me up

  7. This looks so quick & easy & yet utterly delicious. I think i'll make it for lunch today! Love the idea of adding an egg too.

  8. Beautiful photograph and my favourite type of pasta, plain and simple. Well it used to be before I became gluten intolerant.. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Ju! My mum dreads it when she has to cook up something to entertain my friends whenever they come last minute to my house for projects! hahaa, what a mad rush:D

    1. Say thank you to your mum. :) Oh dear, I better get used to last minute cooking too!

  10. Baby you are my kind of Supermom!
    L xo

  11. hmmm... it looks so good and pretty leh, i cannot help trying to focus at the defocus nicely colored chicken in the background haha.

  12. I'm kind of a beginner cook so I wanted to make something simple for dinner. This turned out really delicious with shrimp! Thank you!

    1. That's wonderful! I'm very happy to hear that! :)

  13. My hubby is a very "rice" person and seldom eats pasta. But he couldn't stop raving how good this was :)