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Quick Angel Hair with Basil Cream for One Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Quick Angel Hair with Basil Cream for One

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"A quick and super easy pasta dish. Creamy basil, garlic and butter sauce over angel hair pasta. What could be better?"

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Once done, set aside 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta in a colander in the sink. Keep warm.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook for 3 minutes, then stir in the garlic, and continue cooking until the onion has softened and turned translucent, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream, and stir in the Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 2 minutes. Dilute with the reserved pasta water if the sauce is too thick for your taste. Pour the sauce over the angel hair pasta to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 26, 2008

This dish was AWESOME! It seriously tasted like something from Olive Garden. The only thing I did different was that I added a small handful of mozzerella cheese to the sauce and I didnt use any of the pasta water. I also sauted some shrimp in butter and a clove of minced garlic and it turned out perfect! I will be making this one again and again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2009

Made the recipe exactly as stated and my son & I both found it lacking in flavor, rather bland. Disappointing since I made a special trip to the store for heavy cream, a sweet onion, and fresh basil.


46 Ratings

Sep 16, 2008

WOW! My family really loved this. I needed this for 6 and it converted very easily. I wanted to add chicken so I just cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces seasoned with salt and peper and cooked them with the onions and garlic. I also had some really fresh tomatoes so I chopped them into small pieces and added them to the top of the dish after it was on the plate. This made a wonderful addition. I will be making this a lot.

Mar 12, 2009

Fantastic!!! After reading everyone's issues with thickness, and especially since I am a carbonara expert (Thanks Dad!), the best way to get desired thickness is a low flame for 20-30 minutes, constant stirring, and if necessary, 2 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp of cold water mixture. Other than the usual additions of shrimp, chicken or veggies, I wouldn't have changed a thing!!

Mar 30, 2008

Easy, quick, and delicious. I doubled the recipe and made it for my boyfriend, served with a garlic chicken breast. He still can't stop raving about it.

Apr 28, 2010

I have made this so many times, my husband and I love it! I've done it several ways, but here's my favorite. I add a ton of chopped mushrooms with the onion ( I put mushrooms in everything) I also add 2 TBSP of flour to the butter mixture to thicken it a little. I use Fat Free Half and Half (that's why it needs thickened a little). Much healthier and I don't miss the cream! Also put in a pinch of nutmeg and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzerella. Delicious!!

Jul 15, 2008

This recipe is so quick and delicious. I doubled the recipe and added a pound of shrimp. AWESOME!!! It's now the household favorite. Side note: the sauce was a little runny so I added about a cup of mozzarella cheese. PERFECT!

Jun 07, 2011

Made the recipe as is except for some minor changes. I used half-and-half instead of heavy cream and added about 1 T flour to the sauce before adding the cream to make a thicker sauce. Neither of these changes changed the integrity of the recipe. I think this is a good quick lunch especially during a pasta craving but nothing particularly special. It does taste like some box mixes I have tried. I may make it again but will probably tweak it extensively.


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  • Calories
  • 1036 kcal
  • 52%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.1 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 300 mg
  • 100%
  • Fat
  • 90.5 g
  • 139%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 19.9 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 722 mg
  • 29%

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

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