This angel hair pasta recipe is tender noodles coated in garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, butter and parmesan cheese. Add a fresh tomato topping for a memorable side dish or lighter main course option!
When I’m looking for a hearty side dish to serve alongside meat and vegetables, I turn to homemade Rice-A-Roni, baked mac and cheese, or this simple yet totally satisfying angel hair pasta.
Pasta is typically a quick dish to make, especially angel hair pasta. It has the fastest cooking time of almost every other pasta, and it’s delicious too!
This light and delicious pasta is coated in a savory garlic and herb sauce, and goes well with chicken, beef and seafood entrees. It pairs perfectly with sirloin steak or New York strip steak or a nice chicken dish like chicken saltimbocca or chicken scallopini! You can enjoy this pasta with so many main dishes!
What is angel hair pasta used for?
Angel hair pasta, also known as capellini, is a thin, fine pasta with long strands. It’s best used for delicate sauces such as light tomato or cream sauces. It’s often served in simple preparations, and can be substituted for spaghetti in some dishes. I typically serve this pasta as a side dish to complement a heartier main course.
How do you make angel hair pasta with garlic and herbs?
For this recipe, melt butter in a pan along with some olive oil. Cook your pasta according to package directions. Add some garlic to the olive oil mixture, along with an assortment of fresh herbs. Place the cooked pasta in the pan of sauce, then toss to coat. Add some parmesan cheese to the mixture, then top with diced tomatoes and serve.
Tips for the perfect pasta
- Take care not to overcook your pasta! It’s really easy to cook it for too long, and you’ll end up with a mushy texture.
- You can use any fresh herbs you like in this dish. Some of my favorites include parsley, dill, basil, chives or thyme. I find that this dish tastes best with a combination of herb varieties.
- No fresh herbs on hand? Add 1 teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning instead.
- I recommend serving this dish immediately. Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can reheat leftovers in the microwave.
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese tastes best in this recipe. The tubs of pre-grated cheese often contain stabilizers and anti caking agents and they don’t taste as good or melt as well.
- You can make this dish vegan by using 1/4 cup olive oil instead of a mix of oil and butter, and omit the cheese.
Angel hair pasta variations
This recipe is delicious as-is, but you can add other ingredients to customize it to your tastes.
- Protein: Add some protein to make it a main course such as grilled chicken, sauteed shrimp, sliced flank steak or stir in some white beans.
- Flavorings: You can stir in some kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts or cooked crumbled bacon.
- Vegetables: Mix in some roasted or sauteed veggies such as artichokes, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers, red onions or zucchini.
- Pasta: No angel hair on hand? Try another variety of pasta such as orzo, small shells or farfalle.
Once you taste this pasta, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis! It’s quick, versatile and goes well with so many different types of meat and seafood.
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Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Herbs
- 8 ounces angel hair pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, dill and/or basil
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- additional chopped herbs for garnish optional
- Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions.
- Place the butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- After the butter has melted, stir in the garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Add the herbs and parmesan cheese to the pan, along with salt and pepper to taste, then toss to coat the pasta.
- Top with tomatoes. Sprinkle with additional herbs for garnish if desired, then serve.
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Is two teaspoons minced garlic?
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My family loves pasta and this dish was so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
Delicious!!! And so easy.
Can you use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs?
It should be fine but use 1/3 of the amount!
Made for my husband and son last night. I doubled the receipie since my son eats like a horse. They loved it. Will make again.
Made as a side dish for grilled halibut and adored it!
Especially with a ton of cherry tomato surplus from our garden, added some zucchini also. Very summery!
I love zucchini! Thanks for the tip! Can I ask if you cooked/baked the zucchini?
Pasta is a real comfort food for us! This recipe was very good and the addition of fresh tomatoes was so spring like.
So glad I found this delicious recipe and I had the ingredients in the house! During this shutdown I’m always looking for new things to make with what I have at hand. Plenty of time to cook now!
What’s not to love about a lighter pasta dish! I love that you have kept it light with the addition of fresh tomatoes on top.
This is perfect for anyone who loves pasta, but not a heavy one. I love that you can top this pasta with so many different items. I think I am going to make this and place some salmon on top.
This is my favorite type of pasta to eat. Your recipe really resonates with my soul. I need it!
So delicious with olives, feta and sun-dried tomatoes! A quick and easy recipe!
So glad I found this! I can always use easy and simple dinner dishes like this for our crazy busy weeknights. Thank you for this delicious recipe!
This is super lovely. Using angel hair means a very quick cooking time, so definitely the perfect pasta when I’m feeling super hungry and need a quick satisfying meal. 🙂
Deliciousness! Pasta is always a favorite in our house!
My hubby can’t get enough of angel hair pasta! Love the simple sauce of garlic and herbs!
Oh, I love this meatless pasta recipe. I have never thought to serve pasta without meat… but this is a great idea! Thanks!
This looks perfect for an every day speed meal! Yummy.
My whole family cannot get enough of this meal it’s always a big hit!