Butter & Parmesan Pasta

I’m always up for a good and simple pasta dish whenever & wherever I can. Just as I thought my pasta repertoire is decent enough, I suddenly come across an even simpler recipe for pasta… so easy that it can’t possible account for a real recipe.

I was listening to one of the Spilled Milk episodes 2 days ago (probably the Non-Tomato Pasta Sauce one) & they discussed having Butter & Parmesan Pasta as kids (well, mostly Molly‘s husband & Matthew). It was about 11pm at night, I was in bed with my earphones stuck in my phone & I really REEEAlly wanted to have a bowl of that. Which meant, I made it the following morning for lunch. Yup. Sometimes when you need something, you need it. Especially when carbs, good-tasting fats & cheese are involved.

Which is precisely what there is to this recipe!
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Be good & grate your cheese while the pasta is cooking. Also, my butter looks like that because I melted some butter the night before for another recipe & had some leftover so I stuck a clove of garlic in & left it in the fridge. That’s my butter story.
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I figured a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper would be good. 
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A little tossing later, we have lunch!
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That wasn’t difficult at all. I can’t think of another pasta dish that could be easier or quicker.
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Also, like my new quartz countertop? 😉 I love it so much but am currently paranoid of scratching it. Do you have a quartz countertop? Can you be so kind to teach me how to care for it?
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Yes, I eat all forms of noodles with chopsticks. Doesn’t matter what cuisine it is. If it’s a form of noodle, the chopsticks come out. Hey, I even eat porridge with chopsticks sometimes. I have a problem.
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 Definitely going into my quick-fix-pasta-lunch rotation. Might have some tomorrow!
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 I’m so glad I found this out. Imagine going on in life and never realizing there was such a thing.

Pasta + butter + cheese = ♥ BLISS ♥


A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.” {Proverbs 14:6}

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Butter & Parmesan Pasta
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 1
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter, soft
  • 4 oz Long Pasta, like Linguine or Spaghetti, (I used Bavette)
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, or more to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil & salt it.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the butter to room temperature (you can soften it in a microwave, but don’t melt it). Put it in a warm bowl.
  3. Cook the pasta until al dente (fully cooked but still with good bite); drain it, reserving some of the cooking water.
  4. Toss the pasta with the butter, adding a little of the water if necessary to thin the sauce.
  5. Toss with the Parmesan, sprinkle with pepper.
  6. Serve immediately, passing additional Parmesan at the table.
Check out Mark Bittman's recipe for more ways to adapt this recipe & turn it into something even more fabulous!

Recipe adapted from: Mark Bittman

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