Creamy Garlic Pasta

I really wanted to share with you a recipe that announced springtime had arrived. Honestly, I did.

But when temps dip well below zero and your dedicated husband heads out at all hours of the day and night to check his bred heifers and comes back feeling like a frozen popsicle, you kind of get the feeling that a great kale salad – no matter how delicious you make it – isn’t going to cut it.

Let’s face it, folks: It’s March in South Dakota. The weather could start to warm up— or we could experience a nasty blizzard that extends winter until May. Summertime food is just going to have to sit on the backburner for another month. I’m feeling a call to arm my fellow foodies and farm wives with one last comfort food recipe that will sustain them until warm weather arrives.

Luckily, I have just the right recipe for this sort of situation. Creamy garlic pasta is a favorite cold-weather meal at the Cwach farm for several reasons. First and foremost, everything can be made in one pot. No racing around to find a colander when the pasta is suddenly al dente, no awkwardly cramming odd-sized mixing bowls into the dishwasher. Not only does the method of cooking the pasta in the chicken stock reduce unnecessary dishes, but it also enhances its flavor. Does it get any better than that?

This dish is also chock-full of rich, robust garlic flavor. We’re slightly obsessed with fresh garlic at our house– so much so that Dan’s number one rule in the kitchen is to double (sometimes even triple) the garlic in any given recipe. We’ve amped up the amount of garlic in this recipe to the point where romance is mutually declared off the table for at least 24 hours – but at the same time, there’s no harshness, bitterness or bite to the pasta.

This recipe is also easy to adapt for the carnivores or vegetarians in your life. Serve it with grilled seasoned chicken or sautéed shrimp for the meat lovers, or substitute chicken stock for vegetable stock to make it vegetarian-friendly. Prep everything ahead of time and you’ve got a one-pot signature dish that can be made in 15 minutes or less.

This is an eye-catching, easy pasta that is best enjoyed with a glass of white wine in the company of others. Add a garnish of chopped fresh parsley and shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, and serve alongside a green salad and crusty bread. Serves two.

Creamy Garlic Pasta

Olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 c. chicken stock
1/2 lb. spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 c. heavy cream
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish


In a pot, bring the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the butter until melted. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil.

Once it is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Reduce the stove to medium heat and mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream and parsley. Garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Source:Modified slightly from


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