Indulge in the rich and satisfying flavors of our Creamy Garlic Pasta, a delightful dish that combines perfectly cooked pasta with a velvety garlic-infused sauce. This easy-to-follow recipe promises a comforting meal for six, with a creamy, dairy-free twist. Elevate your dining experience with the luscious blend of olive oil, fresh garlic, vegan white cheese, and a hint of spinach for a burst of color and nutrients. Whether you opt for classic noodles or gluten-free alternatives, this dish is a culinary masterpiece that will leave your taste buds craving more.
What You Need To Make Creamy Garlic Pasta
- Regular or gluten-free pasta noodles: Choose your favorite pasta shape, such as shells, penne, fusilli, rotini, or macaroni, for a satisfying texture. We used Jovial!
- Olive oil: Infuse your dish with the rich and smooth flavors of quality olive oil.
- Fresh or pre-minced garlic: Elevate the aroma and taste with the pungent notes of fresh garlic.
- Unsweetened full-fat non-dairy milk: Opt for a creamy oat milk base (or regular whole milk if not dairy-free) to achieve a luxurious texture in the sauce.
- Shredded vegan white cheese: Enjoy the melty goodness of vegan white cheese, like mozzarella or white cheddar, or use regular white cheese if you're not dairy-free.
- Salt and pepper to taste: Enhance the flavors with a perfect balance of salt and pepper according to your preference.
- Regular or gluten-free all-purpose flour: Thicken the sauce seamlessly with all-purpose flour, ensuring a smooth and luscious consistency.
- Fresh spinach (optional): Add a nutritious and vibrant touch to your dish by folding in fresh spinach.
Creamy Garlic Pasta Recipe Instructions
Step 1: Prepare Pasta - Cook 12 oz of your chosen pasta noodles according to the package instructions. Once tender, strain and set aside.
Step 2 - Sauté Garlic: In a large pot, heat ¼ cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon minced garlic over medium heat. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes until the garlic becomes golden and fragrant.
Step 3 - Create Creamy Sauce: Pour in 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk, add 4 oz shredded vegan white cheese, and stir. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts. Slowly whisk in 5 tablespoon flour to avoid lumps. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 4 - Combine and Serve: Remove the creamy garlic sauce from heat and fold in the cooked pasta. Optionally, add 2 cups of fresh spinach for extra flavor and nutrients. Serve warm and enjoy a satisfying, creamy garlic pasta experience.
- Top With Cheese: Enjoy this creamy garlic pasta topped with regular or vegan mozzarella or parmesan cheese.
- Fresh Herbs: Garnish your creamy garlic pasta with freshly chopped parsley or basil.
- Serve With Salad: A side Caesar, garden, or Italian salad would wonderfully with this delicious and easy pasta dish.
- Add Protein: We recommend adding your protein of choice to elevate this dish. Sautéed tofu or plant-based chicken (we like the brand Daring) would be delicious with this creamy pasta. If you're not vegan, grilled chicken is an excellent pairing.
Frequently Asked Questions
To store leftover Creamy Garlic Pasta, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate within two hours of preparation. When reheating, place the desired portion in a microwave-safe dish and heat in short intervals, stirring in between, until thoroughly warmed. Alternatively, reheat on the stovetop over medium heat, adding a splash of milk if needed to restore creaminess. Enjoy the revived flavors of this dish, and remember to consume within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
While Creamy Garlic Pasta shares some similarities with Fettuccini Alfredo, the garlic-infused sauce and the use of vegan white cheese in the Creamy Garlic Pasta contribute a delicious unique and creamy taste. Classic Alfredo sauce is made with butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. The addition of fresh spinach in the Creamy Garlic Pasta also provides a pop of color and added nutrients, offering a delightful variation from the traditional Fettuccini Alfredo. Enjoy the rich and comforting flavors of Creamy Garlic Pasta for a delicious departure from the familiar Alfredo taste.
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Creamy Garlic Pasta
- large pot
- medium pot
- measuring cups and spoons
- silicone spoon for stirring
Creamy Garlic Pasta Ingredients
- 12 oz regular or gluten-free pasta noodles we used shells but penne, fusilli, rotini, or macaroni would also work
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh or pre-minced garlic
- 2 cups unsweetened full-fat non dairy milk such as oat milk use regular whole milk if you're not dairy-free
- 4 oz shredded vegan white cheese use regular white cheese if you're not dairy-free (such as mozerella or white cheddar)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 5 tablespoon regular or gluten-free all purpose flour
- 2 cups fresh spinach optional
How To Make Creamy Garlic Pasta
- Begin by preparing your pasta noodles as instructed on the packaging. Once the noodles are tender, strain off the excess water and set them aside.
- To make the creamy garlic sauce, add the olive oil and minced garlic to a large pot and bring to medium heat on the stovetop. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring, until the garlic is golden and fragrant.
- Pour in the unsweetened milk, shredded cheese, and cook stirring for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Slowly begin to whisk in the flour to avoid lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove the creamy garlic sauce from the heat and fold in your cooked and strained pasta. Option to fold in spinach for extra nutrients, flavor, and a pop of color. Serve warm.