How often do you open a cupboard or pantry door, and think. There is nothing to eat. I do it all the time. How many of those times do you truly have plenty to eat, you just don’t want to put any effort into preparing something? *raises hand* Maybe, you just don’t know how to be creative with the ingredients you have on hand. If I were in Vegas, I would put money on the likelihood that you have in your kitchen, a package of pasta or noodles, a stick of butter or margarine, oil, and garlic or garlic powder. See! You have Hot Buttered Noodles! It might sound plain, but I think it’s delicious. Furthermore, you can grab random condiments and herbs to top your noodles for a little more flavor: sun-dried or fresh tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, onions, cilantro, basil…. the possibilities go on and on. Next time you have the munchies, or are looking for a substantial meal, boil a pot of pasta and 8 minutes later, you have a home-cooked dish! Voilà!
While the pasta was boiling, I sauteed a little fresh garlic in olive oil↓, then added some butter at the end. (You could simply melt butter over hot noodles and
sprinkle with a little garlic powder.)
- 8 oz. package of pasta (I used corn -gluten free- spaghetti)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder)*
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine (vegan if preferred)
- Any desired garnishes, such as: sun dried tomatoes, chopped basil, etc.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add pasta. Boil according to package directions.
- While pasta is boiling, heat olive oil in a small fry pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and heat, while stirring constantly, for a few minutes. (If garlic turns green, don't be alarmed, it just means it wasn't fully ripe). Add butter to garlic/oil and melt completely.
- When pasta is done, drain well and pour into serving bowl(s). Pour garlic butter over pasta. Give a gentle toss. Top with garnishes or serve plain.
- If using garlic powder, you can omit the olive oil as well. Simply melt butter over the hot pasta and sprinkle with garlic powder.