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How to Cook Angel Hair Pasta With Garlic and Butter

author image Susan Brassard
Susan Brassard writes about natural health-related topics, complementary and alternative medicine and issues relative to a holistic approach to the aging process. Following a career in business and finance, she obtained a Master of Arts in gerontology and several certifications in energy therapies. She is the author of a workbook and resource guide for older adults.
How to Cook Angel Hair Pasta With Garlic and Butter
Angel hair pasta is perfectly suited for tossing with a light, butter-based sauce. Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

A thinner version of the familiar rod-shaped dried spaghetti, the delicate strands of capelli d’angelo, or angel hair pasta, are ideally suited for use with thin, delicate sauces. Although traditionally made with durum flour -- a refined by-product of durum wheat -- in response to consumer demand, manufacturers now offer a higher quality product made from 100 percent semolina flour. Unlike the conventional serving sizes of Italian-American cuisine, Italian chefs toss small portions of pasta with a light sauce, and serve it as a first course. For a nutritious entrée, accompany your angel hair pasta dish with a serving of lean protein, and a large, dark green salad.

Step 1

Place the butter into the skillet and melt it over medium-low heat.

Step 2

Add the garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 3

Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

Step 4

Fill the pasta pot three quarters full with cold water, approximately 4 qts.

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Step 5

Bring the water to a full boil over high heat, and add the kosher salt to the pot.

Step 6

Stir the pasta into the pasta pot basket and allow the water to return to a boil. Lower the heat just enough to prevent the water from boiling over, but continue to boil.

Step 7

Cook the pasta for approximately 3 minutes, or until it is “al dente” -- soft to the bite.

Step 8

Remove the pasta basket from the boiling water and shake over the sink to drain.

Step 9

Pour the pasta into the skillet and toss gently to combine with the garlic and butter sauce.

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