Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta

Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta

One of the things I love about staying in an apartment while on vacation is having access to a kitchen.

It’s particularly wonderful if you love to cook, and are in a city like Paris where colourful markets are filled with stalls of tempting produce, cheeses, breads, specialty foods and other sundry goods.

We didn’t cook much on this trip; the few meals we prepared were fast and simple like this herbed garlic butter pasta.

From the market, we got garlic and fragrant dried herbs; I should mention here that a mix of freshly chopped spinach, basil and parsley would work superbly in this pasta, we just went with dried herbs for the sake of ease.

Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta

Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta

I make little dietary exceptions when I’m on vacation… creamy delicate Échiré butter, smooth and luxurious Beurre Bordier, and pastries are some of my indulgences when I’m in Paris.

What we have with this pasta is the ultimate holiday comfort meal, pasta tossed in an aromatic herby garlic butter sauce, it’s rich and deeply satisfying, a simple indulgence.

It boasts a handful of ingredients only and it comes together quickly, this is particularly important when you’re on vacation, the last thing you want is to be standing over a stove.

Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta

Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta

On this particular day we spent the day exploring Jardin des Plantes and the Grande Mosquée where we drank mint tea, we roamed Rue Mouffetard and when it started raining we picked up fluffy angel cakes from Patisserie Ciel on Rue Monge for later.

We ate this pasta watching the rain fall down those iconic rooftops; rain is always a good reason to have pasta.

And now that I’m home and it’s raining… I want to make this pasta again on a soggy lazy evening; perhaps with fresh basil and Herbes de Provence with my favourite dairy-free butter and a ton of garlic.

Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta


Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta


  • 16 oz. dry pasta (I used spaghetti)
  • 3 oz. (6 tablespoons) butter (plus more for serving)
  • 8 – 10 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons dried herbs (I used a mixture of dried basil, oregano, parsley, thyme and chives)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions
  2. Drain and reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water
  3. Meanwhile, heat butter over medium-low heat in a large skillet or saucepan
  4. Add garlic and sauté for 3 – 5 minutes until soft and fragrant (be careful not to burn butter or garlic)
  5. Add dried herbs and crushed red pepper, and cook for just under a minute
  6. Add reserved pasta cooking water and pasta, stir and cook for another minute
  7. Season with salt to taste and remove from heat
  8. Toss with freshly ground black pepper
  9. Serve with additional butter, nutritional yeast or shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  10. Enjoy!


Herbed Garlic Butter Pasta
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  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    A great easy dish for lovely evenings. Have you tried the Italian pepper and cheese dish? Called something like cacio et pepe. Simple and easy as well.

    30 October, 2014 at 7:38 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Yum! I have to try that. I love these simple and easy meals:)

      2 November, 2014 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Produce on Parade

    You’re in Paris! That apartment looks so quaint and I love the white walls and the rich wooden counters. Can’t wait to see more photos. Paris seems like the perfect place for such a simple, garlic pasta.

    30 October, 2014 at 10:17 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Thanks! I’m back home now but I have tons of pictures to share:)

      2 November, 2014 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Elsa

    Thank you! I hope you try it, it’s so easy and adaptable I’d like to hear your take on it 🙂

    2 November, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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