Pasta can be a very easy side dish, but it can also be a very boring side dish when you get stuck in a rut. Sadly, I've seen quite a few ruts and I can be tempted to buy the super cheap pasta and rice side packets from the grocery store. They're cheap, quick and easy and what's not tempting about that? But, these dishes are definitely something that can be made from scratch just as cheaply, quickly and easily! And not to mention - so much better.
Gotta love homemade convenience food!
Creamy Garlic Pasta
8 oz. short pasta of choice (I used shells)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons flour
3/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup milk
salt & pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
Cook pasta according to packaged instructions, drain and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt olive oil and butter. Add minced garlic and saute until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Sprinkle in flour and whisk, cooking for about 1 minute. Slowly pour in chicken broth and milk, whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt & pepper and stir constantly until the mixture is thick - about 4-5 minutes.
Take pot off of heat. Stir in cheese, garlic powder and parsley flakes until smooth. Add cooked pasta and stir to combine.
Source: Iowa Girl Eats