Garlicky Good ‘Presto’ Pasta

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘GLORIOUS GARLIC‘.

So easy. So quick. This simple, satisfying meal is sure to become a family favourite. I often serve this super fast pasta as a side-dish at company dinners earning big raves for little work.


  • 3 cups penne
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
  • 2 tsp fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)
  • seasoned salt, fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • parmesan

1) Bring six cups of water to a boil. Add penne and cook to al dente. Heat oil in small saucepan and sauté garlic until soft. Add spices and parsley and stir until flavours are released. Drain pasta and coat with herbed oil mixture.

2) Sprinkle with parmesan before serving. Serves 4 as supper, 6 as a side-dish.

Linda Gabris is an avid cook who enjoys sharing her grandmother’s old recipes and medicinal preparations as they were recorded in the handwritten journals passed down to her. Linda also enjoys gardening and foraging for edible wild foods. Over the years, she has taught cooking courses in Prince George, B.C., with a focus on healthy eating, food preparation, and International cuisine.

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