Favorite Recipes #12 – Garlic and Basil Pasta

This is an extremely simple and delicious pasta side dish that uses ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard and refrigerator. I’ve made it several times, tweaking an ingredient here or there, and Dan always loves it. It’s a surefire hit for garlic lovers, which is why I used 8 cloves in my last batch (it was strong, but tasty), but the amount can be varied depending on your taste.

INGREDIENTS:
8 oz uncooked pasta (I’ve used orzo and forfalla, but any type will work)
4-8 cloves garlic, minced (depending on your taste)
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp butter, melted
4 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c frech basil, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and return to pot. Microwave minced garlic for 15-20 seconds until fragrant. Add garlic, olive oil, butter, and Parmesan cheese to pasta and stir until evenly coated. Add basil and stie until combined. Serve immediately.

Based on All Recipes’ Spaghetti with Garlic and Basil.