This is great as a quick and simple side dish, or a main dish if you add in some extras. You can go simple and light, or hearty and filling.
EASY CREAMY PASTA
16 oz. pasta, any shape (we like Rigatoni)
2 T. butter
1/3 - 1/2 c. parmesan cheese, grated (fresh, not from a can!)
1/4 c. cream (or milk), optional
coarse garlic salt, to taste
parsley, dry or fresh (chopped)
Cook and drain pasta; return to pot. Toss with remaining ingredients and return to warm burner to melt cheese. Serve as a simple side dish, or add optional ingredients as desired.
1-2 T. pesto
other fresh herbs or Italian seasoning
sliced/diced cooked chicken or sausage
sautéed mushrooms and/or zucchini, etc.
a can of diced tomatoes