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Roasted Garlic Spaghetti

Roasted Garlic Spaghetti
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 4

This simple pasta recipe tastes anything but basic when tossed with roasted garlic. Top with Parmesan and fresh herbs, and you’ve got dinner that the whole family will enjoy together. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
garlic bulb
2
tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2
lb uncooked spaghetti
1
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz)
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Carefully peel paper-like skin from around bulb of garlic, leaving just enough to hold garlic cloves together. Cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch from top of bulb to expose cloves. Place cut side up on 12-inch square of foil. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the oil; wrap securely. Place in pie plate or shallow baking dish.
  • 2
    Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until garlic is tender when pierced with a fork. Cool 5 minutes. Gently squeeze garlic out of cloves onto cutting board; finely chop. Set aside.
  • 3
    In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook spaghetti as directed on box; drain. Return to saucepan; toss with roasted garlic, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the salt, red pepper flakes and basil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Serve this roasted garlic spaghetti with an Italian tossed salad.
  • Roast the garlic ahead of time, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
Calories from Fat
160
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
27%
Saturated Fat
6g
31%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
690mg
29%
Potassium
130mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
53g
18%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
1g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • While we will always hold a place in our hearts for spaghetti and meatballs or spaghetti Bolognese, we know that our favorite pasta can be enjoyed just as much without a meat sauce. This garlic spaghetti recipe calls for ingredients that most people have already in their cupboards, but what really brings the flavor to life is the garlic. Garlic can be tricky to cook with; use too little, and your dish will lack flavor. Use too much and your dish may become too garlicky to even eat. While we often like to use already-minced garlic in our recipes for sake of ease, roasting the garlic fresh from the bulb is what makes this dish exceptional. Roasting the garlic gives it a sweet and creamy taste rather than the pungent taste we associate with garlic. Short on time? Find a different spaghetti recipe that can be done in minutes or can be made ahead of time. Have more time? Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to cook with spaghetti.

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