Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Since Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, I decided to post a very special recipe-one of my valentine’s favorite food.

I made this for him on our anniversary last month and used the recipe provided by The Recipe Critic

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Spaghetti Noodles (I used Angel Hair)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
  • 3 Teaspoons of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 2/3 Cup of Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to the box’s directions.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add butter to skillet and melt over medium heat.
  4. Add garlic and stir until fragrant (2-3 minutes).
  5. Transfer spaghetti to pan and stir in garlic butter.
  6. Add cream and parmesan cheese to pan and coat the noodles.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste-top off with Parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and he just loved it.

It was easy and so great-you should try it for yourself.

For more pasta recipes, go to Spinach Pasta Salad

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Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, issue June 2011.

It sounded fantastic so I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Spaghetti
  • 3 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes (about 1.5 lbs), each cut into 4 slices
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, plus more for the baking sheet
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 Cup of grated Parmesan (1 oz), plus more for serving
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup of torn Fresh Basil Leaves, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to pot.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Season with the salt and black pepper.
  5. Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan.
  6. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, 3-5 mins.
  7. In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat, until fragrant (about 1-2 mins.)
  8. Add the contents of the saucepan; along with the basil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.
  9. Serve topped with the tomatoes, basil, and shaved Parmesan cheese.

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Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it. I thought it was absolutely delicious with just the right taste of spice.

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My parents thought it was too spicy and would prefer no red pepper. But I thought it was just perfect and can’t wait to make it again.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

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Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I really wanted to make this recipe as it is super hard to find recipes that use actual lemon juice from a lemon and not just the lemon zest.

Of course I don’t have as much money or resources as her so I had to do a few things differently.

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lbs of Spaghetti
  • Coarse Salt (I just used regular)
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 1/2 Cups of finely grated fresh Parmesan Cheese + some for later
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-5 Tablespoons of Pasta Water
  • Handful of Basil Leaves (~4 Leafy Stems)

Directions:

  1. Shred Parmesan cheese.
  2. Boil the spaghetti in boiling water according to package directions.
  3. Grate the zest from the lemon (the lemon peel), and place it in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Cut the lemon in half and juice it. Add juice to the bowl.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese, pepper, salt, and olive oil to the bowl.
  6. Mix until it forms a wet paste.
  7. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it BUT save your water.
  8. Add 2-3 tablespoons of pasta water to the large mixing bowl.
  9. Add the spaghetti and toss throughly, coating all the noodles. Add more pasta water if needed.
  10. Roughly tear in the basil leaves.
  11. Serve each portion with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

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Thoughts after cooking:

So in the preamble to the recipe Paltrow says [direct quote]:

“Again, easy peasy. Not only can this be made while the pasta is cooking, you have plenty of time to make a lovely salad and assemble a cheese plate for after dinner.”

Yes it is easy, but uh no you cannot have this done by the time the pasta is cooking. Parmesan cheese takes forever to grate, especially that much. Do it first as it will make everything a lot easier.

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I also hated how there were no pictures of this pasta in her book, instead all we have is a picture of a lemon. That’s not helpful when I am trying to gage whether my sauce is thick enough.

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However, this was amazingly delicious and I will definitely make it again.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Broccoli and Tortellini Salad with Pesto

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