Monday, June 4, 2012

Garlic Butter Pasta Sauce

I love pasta dishes of all kinds. I like cream-based sauces, tomato-based sauces, you name it. This simple sauce for pasta is light and flavorful. It will nicely season about a pound of pasta. Best of all, it takes just minutes to prepare!

I like to serve this as an accompaniment to chicken or pork, but it's also great as a light main dish. I've added diced chicken and shrimp, too. Just a note, if you add meat to it, increase the butter and/or oil by a tablespoon or two. You don't want a pasta dish that is too dry!

Here's what you need for the sauce:

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 TBSP lemon juice
1-2 teas Italian seasoning, to taste
1/2 teas sea salt

In a saucepan, melt the butter and combine with the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and saute over medium heat until the garlic is really fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

Stir in the lemon juice and seasonings.

Pour over cooked pasta. I'm using whole wheat rotini this time. Pasta of any shape will do, though.

Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

 How simple is that?

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