Add shrimp, peas, broccoli, frozen spinach...whatever you like! Top with fresh grated parmesan or romano cheese.
To start, choose a pasta...any kind you like....
Any of these would be excellent. It's a bit more fun when you use a cheese filled tortellini or mini ravioli...this time I used whole wheat spaghetti.
Pasta, olive oil, fresh garlic, dried oregano, bouillon, and fresh grated parmesan cheese....that's it! Put a large pot of salted water on medium high heat and cook the pasta according to package directions less two minutes. Cook time for my spaghetti was 10 minutes, so I set the timer for eight.
When the timer goes off, carefully remove about 1 1/2 cups of water from the pot. Drain the pasta, I let it sit in the sink until I'm ready for it.
Into the hot pan, add olive oil, crushed garlic, and dried oregano. Cook over heat for one minute. (If you'd like to add raw shrimp, add the oil and cook the shrimp until pink, then add the garlic and oregano and cook an additional minute, remove cooked shrimp from the pan and cover with foil, set aside) Red pepper flakes would be great here too:-)
Add the reserved pasta water to the pan, bring to a bubble over heat.
Add 2 teaspoons of the bouillon to the pot, stir until dissolved. Pan should still be over heat. (add thawed frozen peas, broccoli, or spinach here)
Add the pasta back to the pot. Cook for 2 minutes. The under cooked pasta will absorb the flavors in the broth...(add the cooked shrimp to the pot here)
Add the cheese to the hot pasta, mix well. Enjoy!
Simplest Garlic and Cheese Pasta
½ lb. pasta, any kind, cooked according to package directions less 2 minutes. Reserve 1 ½ cups reserved pasta water before draining pasta.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon
¼ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1) Cook pasta and reserve 1 ½ cups pasta water. Set aside.
2) Add olive oil, crushed garlic, and dried oregano to the hot pasta pot. Cook for one minute.
3) Add pasta water to pan. Add bouillon, continue to simmer. Add pasta to pot and cook for 2 minutes.
4) Remove from heat and add grated cheese and mix well. Makes about four one cup servings.