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parsley pasta sauce

Parsley Parmesan Pasta

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Main
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This parsley pasta comes together in 15 minutes for a full flavored meal taking advantage of this undderrated herb.


500 grams / 1 pound macaroni pasta
5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
55 grams / 4 tablespoons butter
30 grams / 1/3 cup parmesan, grated
1 1/2 cups flat leaf parsley leaves
80 milliliters / 1/3 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Shaved parmesan to serve


  • Fill a deep saucepan with water 2/3 way up and set on medium-high heat.
  • Add the pasta and cook on a low simmer, stirring to ensure the pasta doesn’t stick together too much.
  • Place the parsley, parmesan, cream and salt in a blender and set aside (or if you don’t have a blender, finely chop the parsley and set aside).
  • Once the pasta is cooked, spoon into a bowl with the pasta water.
  • Spoon 3 tablespoons of the pasta water into the blender.
  • Add a tablespoon of butter to the pasta and stir through to ensure it doesn’t stick (as this cooks in a saucepan, there will likely not be a large amount of pasta water remaining.
  • Place the remaining butter in the saucepan and add the sliced garlic, return to the heat and cook, stirring until lightly browned, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, blend the parsley parmesan mixture until fine and add to the garlic.?Return the pasta to the pan and stir through the parsley sauce.
  • Add the grated parmesan and stir through to melt slightly.
  • Remove from the heat and place on your serving dishes.
  • Sprinkle over parmesan and season.
  • Serve immediately.


Sticky pasta: Due to this cooking in a large saucepan instead of a pot, some of the pasta may stick together, even after the creamy sauce has been stirred through, if you want to avoid this, you might want to cook in a pot instead.

Add more cheese (if you want): Wanting this to be more creamy than cheesy, you could easily double the parmesan or add half a cup of grated cheese of your preference to this to make it cheesier.

Other herbs: If you're not a fan of parsley, this would definitely work with a bunch of basil or a mix of parsley, basil and a pinch of thyme or rosemary to make thise more herby.

Recipe by Roamingtaste


  • Calories: 675 calories per serve