I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pastasamples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 

Easy Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Pasta Recipe #PastaFits

Growing up with an Italian grandmother meant that we had plenty of pasta on the table at family gatherings. Spaghetti was pretty much her go-to meal, and with good reason. At one point, she had five children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several spouses of her children and grandchildren to feed. Mind you, we rarely all got together at the same time, but a typical gathering featured at least 2/3 of us! Spaghetti was pretty much the easiest and least expensive way to make sure we were all well-fed. My gran’s spaghetti sauce was famous in the family. In fact, we still have a jar of it in our freezer. When she passed away nearly seven years ago, we couldn’t bear to throw it out.

Pasta is also one of the few things that I can cook well. I’m never going to be a culinary genius. You’ll never see me whipping up some of the amazing dinners that you see on Pinterest. It’s just not going to happen. I can, however, make pretty good pasta! I love experimenting with different flavors, but one thing shows up every time: Parmesan cheese. I am one of those people who could dump a bucket of it on every meal! So when I saw the Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Noodles recipe on the Pasta Fits website, I knew that was the one I wanted to try for this post.

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Easy Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

Easy Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Pasta Recipe #PastaFits

  • 1 lb. spaghetti or other favorite noodles
  • 4 heads of garlic (I used ones that were already, um, beheaded? I don’t know garlic terms, sorry!)
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil total (the original recipe called for a drizzle. I must have done something wrong with the garlic, because it was a little dry, so I used more olive oil).
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese  (Or, you know, a bucket full if you prefer! Seriously, I added more, I ALWAYS add more Parm)
  • Pinchful of oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Directions (I changed the order from the original recipe because it made the timing easier for me)

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Cut off the tops of the garlic heads and put them in a small baking dish (I used mini loaf pans). Drizzle with olive oil and cover with foil.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes
  • Cook your pasta according to the directions while your garlic is roasting.
  • Remove garlic from oven and let cool a few minutes.
  • Put the garlic heads, Parm cheese and another drizzle of your olive oil into a food processor or chopper until it turns into a nice paste.
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Easy Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Pasta Recipe #PastaFits

  • Drain the noodles, toss with the paste and the rest of your olive oil. You’ll need to really mix it . You can see how mine was a bit chunky when I took it out of the food chopper. I think it’s supposed to be more of a paste, but this actually worked well once mixed with the olive oil.

Pasta Fits Back to School Season & Beyond

With back to school season officially here, our routine is a bit more, well, routine. I’m back to at least trying to regularly cook dinners for me and Jake. Pasta works for us because it’s easy, super budget-friendly and very diverse. It’s pretty much impossible to ever run out of great pasta recipes! Kind of like how you can never see everything at the Smithsonian in a single life time, you can never try every single pasta dish in one life!  Plus the complex carbs help keep us going throughout the evening! After a day of staring at the computer screen, I need something that packs a good energy punch to get me through the rest of the night.

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Pasta Fits is a terrific resource for learning more about the different types of pasta, its benefits and, of course, tons of great recipes. They also have fun contests, cooking tips and a pasta shapes dictionary! The pasta I used in my recipe is called Gigli. It’s awesome, because it’s a nice, hearty pasta. I think it would be pretty amazing in a soup, since it holds up so well. After you check out their interesting website, be sure to follow Pasta Fits on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news! Check out their Pinterest page for more great recipe ideas. Come back next month for another easy pasta recipe!

What is your favorite way to prepare pasta?