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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Description: Treat yourself to a comforting bowl of creamy garlic Parmesan pasta. This dish combines al dente pasta, a luscious garlic Parmesan sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley for a truly satisfying meal.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Cook the linguine pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream and bring it to a gentle simmer.
  4. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until it melts and the sauce thickens.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the cooked linguine to the skillet and toss until well coated with the sauce.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley.

Tips for Chefs:

  • Feel free to add cooked chicken, shrimp, or vegetables of your choice to make it a complete meal.
  • Adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less Parmesan cheese.

Storage Ideas: Creamy garlic Parmesan pasta is best enjoyed fresh. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of cream if needed.

Garnishing Tips: Sprinkle some extra grated Parmesan cheese and a few fresh parsley leaves on top of each serving for an appealing presentation.

Nutrition Chart:

  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 32g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g

FAQs: Q: Can I use a different type of pasta? A: Absolutely! This recipe works well with various pasta shapes like fettuccine, penne, or even spaghetti.

Q: Can I use half-and-half instead of heavy cream? A: Yes, you can substitute half-and-half for a lighter version of the sauce. Keep in mind that the sauce may not be as rich and creamy.

Q: Can I make this dish vegetarian-friendly? A: Yes, this recipe can easily be made vegetarian by omitting any meat additions and ensuring the Parmesan cheese is vegetarian-friendly.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers? A: It is not recommended to freeze this dish as the texture of the sauce may change upon thawing.

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