One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

Good evening everyone,

Well we had some great news in the Brar household today so we’re celebrating with richer foods and treats that aren’t regular parts of our diet.  Creamy Garlic Pasta, homemade Garlic Butter for Garlic Bread and then a delicious, creamy, airy Chocolate Mousse.  So much yum!

Let’s begin with the main course – One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta.  This is a great dish for the beginning cook.  It’s easy.  It takes one pot and a spoon, a knife and few ingredients, the sauce suits most pastas very well, and it’s extremely flexible in terms of seasonings.

One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 – 5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 shallot, finely chopped (or you can use 1/2 large red or yellow onion)
2 cups light vegetable stock (or use vegetable bouillon)
1 3/4 – 2 1/2 cups milk (depending on the thickness of your pasta)
1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
500 g package of dry pasta
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped)
1 tablespoon dried basil (or 2 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Optional seasonings:  oregano, tarragon, red chili powder, red pepper flakes

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat.  Ensure the pot is large enough to hold your cooked pasta.  Add the garlic and shallot to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally until the shallot has become translucent and the raw smell of the garlic has gone.

Add the vegetable broth, milk, salt, dried parsley and dried basil (if using fresh, add later) and stir well.  Add the pasta and stir.  Bring the pot to the boil and then immediately reduce to a simmer.  Cover the pot.

Stir at least every 3 minutes to keep the pasta separated and to submerge the pasta on top (to ensure even cooking).  Add more milk, 1/2 cup at a time, as necessary to cook the pasta to an al dente (tender but with still a little bite, not mushy).  The time will vary depending on the type of pasta you are using and will be longer than the package instructions indicate for cooking in salted water.

Add the fresh parsley and basil (if using fresh).  Add the pepper.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Remove the pasta from the heat and allow to sit covered for at least 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Until next time,
Peace and love,
Himmat

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