1 box of bow-tie pasta (or your favorite pasta!)
2 tablespoons of butter/margarine per serving (we used Country Crock spread)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (or to taste)
Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain the pasta water, do not rinse the pasta. Spoon desired amount of pasta into a bowl. Mix the butter until it melts well into the pasta. Season the pasta with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Shake the Parmesan cheese on top, mix if desired. Eat and enjoy!
Here's the messy photo of my son's creation :) If you're feeling adventurous, you could boil vegetables in the pasta water (think dried beans, peas, asparagus, etc.) We serve ours on the side but they could easily be mixed in the pasta and be totally delicious. This is a staple in our house when we have that craving for pasta without red sauce.
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