Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs Recipe

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs

Angel hair is the ultimate comfort food delicate strands that soak up rich tomato sauce perfectly. we set out to create a lighter, brighter version, packed with garlic and fresh herbs from the garden. A quick sauté brings out the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and tender garlic cloves. Tearing basil and parsley by hand ensures every bite is infused with their grassy essence. And the angel hair cooks in just a few minutes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced – For me, this dish starts and ends with garlic. I use a generous amount to infuse the pasta with subtle garlic flavor.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil – A blend of olive oil and butter lends richness without heaviness. The oil also carries the garlic aroma throughout the dish.
  • 4 tablespoons butter – A little butter adds creaminess and complements the olive oil perfectly. I prefer unsalted so I can control the amount of salt.
  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta or capellini pasta – Thin strands that soak up flavors beautifully without sitting heavy in the stomach. Angel hair is my top choice but capellini also works well.
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese – A sprinkle of Parmesan elevates this pasta to the next level. I always keep some on hand to top each serving.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs like basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary – I like to mix it up depending on what’s ready in the garden. Basil and parsley are my favorites for this recipe.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste – A pinch of each brings out natural flavors without being overpowering.
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish – A fresh herb garnish makes the dish as pretty as it is tasty.
Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs

How to Make This Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs Recipe

Prepping the Ingredients

The first step is prepping all the ingredients so they are ready to go. Mince the garlic cloves and chop the fresh herbs. Grate the Parmesan cheese. Heat a large pot of salted water to boil.

Sautéing the Garlic

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter is melted and foamy, add the minced garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn it. The garlic will become very fragrant.

Adding the Herbs

Once the garlic is lightly browned, remove the skillet from heat. Add the chopped fresh herbs and toss to combine. Set aside. Cook the angel hair pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.

Building the Sauce

Return the skillet to medium-low heat. Add the cooked pasta along with 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Toss constantly for 1-2 minutes to allow the pasta to absorb the flavors. If the pasta seems dry, add more cooking water as needed.

Finishing Touches

Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. The butter will melt and lightly coat each strand. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish and top with grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish with extra chopped parsley.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs

Serving Instructions

This pasta is best served warm straight from the skillet. For a crowd, I like to keep it warm in the skillet over low heat, tossing occasionally. You can also divide it among individual serving bowls. Be sure to top each portion with extra Parmesan cheese. Freshly baked bread is the perfect accompaniment to soak up any remaining sauce.

Storage Instructions

Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. The pasta may thicken a bit as it sits but reheating with a splash of pasta water will restore the original texture. For longer storage, you can freeze portions of this pasta.

Freezing Instructions

To freeze, allow the cooked pasta to cool completely then portion it into sealed freezer bags or containers, pressing out excess air. Label and date the packages. The portions will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or speed thaw by placing the sealed bag in a pot of warm water. Reheat gently in a skillet over low heat, adding a splash of pasta water or broth to loosen it up. The flavors will be just as bright after freezing. Just be sure not to overheat the pasta once thawed.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs

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FAQs

Can I use a different pasta?

Yes, while angel hair is my top choice for its delicate texture, other thin pastas like spaghetti, linguine or capellini will also work well.

Is it gluten-free?

No, this recipe contains wheat pasta. However, you can substitute gluten-free pasta to make it gluten-free. Just be sure to check all ingredients are certified gluten-free.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a crowd. Just be sure to use a very large skillet so the pasta has room to toss without overcrowding.

What if I don’t have fresh herbs?

Dried herbs like basil, oregano or parsley can be substituted, using about half the amount called for since their flavor is more concentrated.

Can I make it ahead?

Yes, you can prepare all the components ahead of time. Just hold off on cooking the pasta until right before serving. The sauce also stores well in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Is it low-carb?

While pasta isn’t traditionally low-carb, a single serving of this recipe has only about 25g of carbs. You can also use spaghetti or zoodles made from squash or vegetables to lower the carb count further.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs

Angel hair is the ultimate comfort food delicate strands that soak up rich tomato sauce perfectly. we set out to create a lighter, brighter version, packed with garlic and fresh herbs from the garden. A quick sauté brings out the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and tender garlic cloves. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 355 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta or capellini pasta
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs like basil parsley, thyme, rosemary
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • First, collect all the ingredients – pasta, olive oil, butter, minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Having everything prepped makes cooking a breeze.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium. Once foamy, add the minced garlic. Sauté just until fragrant, being careful not to burn. This step draws out the garlic flavor.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the angel hair pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving some cooking water.
  • Add the cooked pasta back to the skillet with the garlic mixture. Toss to coat. If dry, add reserved pasta water as needed. The sauce will come together quickly
  • Remove from heat. Stir in the fresh herbs and remaining butter. The butter coats each strand. Serve family style in a large dish with Parmesan on top.
Keyword garlic pasta, Light pasta recipes,, quick pasta dinners, vegetarian pasta recipes
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.