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College Student's Gourmet Pasta Recipe

College Student's Gourmet Pasta

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"This recipe was a frequent favorite when I was in college, because it is made with ingredients most students have in their kitchens. I have made this with low fat ingredients, and it works very well. Since I have gotten older, I have added chicken and shrimp to the recipe; it is very adaptable. Easy, tastes wonderful, but not very easy on the waistline."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings


  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until tender. Drain.
  2. To a saucepan, add butter or margarine, salt, milk, and Parmesan cheese. Cook over low heat until combined. Pour mixture over pasta, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 13, 2008

Heather, this seriously is one of my favorite comfort foods. And like Taylor said, I prefer it with garlic powder and just a bit of catsup mixed in. And no, I didn't drink a whole bottle of peppermint schnaps; I believe it was bourbon. Thank you!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 25, 2003

This would be the recipe I lived on while pregnant. My daughter and I still eat pasta this way all the time. It is fast, simple and children love it. Experiment with the type of cheese you use. If you can find it, Myzithra cheese is the best. Keep in mind this recipe is designed for those that can't or don't cook. If you were looking for something to wow the taste buds and send you into convulsions of pasta pleasure, you probably need to try something a little more complicated. If you are looking for fast, simple, and easy go with this.


55 Ratings

Oct 09, 2007

I was just cooking for myself tonight and was planning on just eating buttered noodles, but I stumbled across this recipe when the noodles were boiling and opted to try it out! I used 4 ounces of bow tie pasta and added a bit over a cup of frozen corn (was finishing off the bag) right before the noodles were finished cooking. While they were draining in the colander I put 1 T leftover garlic butter (light margarine mixed with garlic powder and dried parsley), 1 T leftover white wine and 2 T milk in the pan I'd used to cook the noodles and let that simmer for a minute or so. Stirred in 1 T freshly grated parmesan (I have one of those little zester graters). Stirred the noodles and corn back into the sauce along with a healthy dose of pepper, poured it on a plate and grated another tablespoon of parmesan over it. It made quite a large plate of pasta (could someone seriously eat 8 ounces like the recipe says?) and was delicious! Better than plain buttered noodles and quite delicate. I don't think it was too unhealthy, either (the light margarine had 5 g fat, the parmesan had about 4, then whatever fat was in the noodles and corn). I really liked the corn with it, too. I will definitely make this in the future, thanks for the idea!

Sep 21, 2008

gotta say, I lived off this in college too! Even works with the cheese from a green can, if necessary (it's cheaper). Throw in some cooked frozen broccoli to make your mom happy, too!

Jun 26, 2003

This was alright... a little plain. We added onions and ham, trying to spruce it up a little, but not to much avail.

Mar 30, 2004

Quick, easy, easy to find ingredients. Great taste ... can't really ask for anything more.

Oct 16, 2009

My family rates this recipe as 5 stars. I do recommend doubling the sauce for a pound of pasta. (We like to dip our bread in it;-D)

Mar 30, 2011

Pretty dang good for being so simple! I followed the recipe as written except I only cooked up about 8 oz of pasta...definitely double the sauce if you plan on cooking up the whole 16 oz. Next time I think I'll thicken the sauce with a bit with flour, as it was a little runny, and I'll use garlic powder instead of garlic salt; it made it just a tad too salty for my taste.


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  • Calories
  • 784 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 124.4 g
  • 40%
  • Cholesterol
  • 201 mg
  • 67%
  • Fat
  • 18.7 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 8.8 g
  • 35%
  • Protein
  • 28.4 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 682 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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