The Great Garlic Spaghetti

Enjoy this Meatless Monday recipe…

  • 1 egg
  • 5 to 8 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 8 oz spaghetti, cooked al denté and drained
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • Fresh coarsely ground black pepper, to taste

In a blender or food processor, add the egg, garlic, butter, parmesan cheese & basil. Blend until smooth. Place the spaghetti in a large bowl or pan. Add the garlic cheese paste along with the parsley and pepper. Toss well. Serve immediately. Makes 2-4 servings

Etc. Pass red pepper flakes, vegetarian bacon bits, additional parmesan cheese and pepper at the table. A rule of thumb for substituting fresh herbs for dried : use twice the amount of fresh herbs.

The garlic and the egg are raw. Don’t be faint-hearted about this or the amount of garlic, or you’ll miss one of the best dishes know to man….or woman! Here’s how it works: as the butter melts it cooks the egg ever so slightly and melts the cheese. An indescribably heavenly amalgamation takes place. Can you imagine this with hand-made pasta?

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