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No Cream Italian Herb Pasta

Rich flavour packed pasta, glistening with a thin sauce, perfect for serving with grilled meats, roasts and anything breaded and fried. This No Cream Italian Herb Pasta is the perfect last minute side dish. And it comes together in just 10 minutes!!! Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious Food for Easy Entertaining
Rich flavour packed pasta, glistening with a thin sauce, perfect for serving with grilled meats, roasts and anything breaded and fried. This No Cream Italian Herb Pasta is the perfect last minute side dish. And it comes together in just 10 minutes!!!

White plate on a rustic white hessian tablecloth, piled high with Italian Herb pasta, with a serving fork on the side.

Have you ever been so focused on the meat element of your dinner that you forget about a side dish?

You plan for seared steak with red wine butter, get the steak out of the freezer in the morning and make the butter. Then at 6pm you think ‘Eeek, what shall I serve with it’. Does that sound familiar?

Or you have guests coming over for a weeknight meal, you plan something delicious but simple like Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken, Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Grapes, Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic Butter (recipe coming soon) or Lemon Honey Glazed Salmon. But have no idea what to serve as a side, something simple, that doesn’t take much prep!

Step in my No Cream Italian Herb Pasta. It is jam packed with flavour, super easy to make…we are talking 10 minutes here people!!…and goes with pretty much anything.

Table View. White table with a white hessian cloth. White serving plate piled with no cream italian herb pasta, garnished with parsley.

The sauce is simple and is combined in the time it takes the pasta to cook. Then with a little Italian Nonna magic you have a light silky sauce and a flavour packed side dish. And no cream!!!

I admit, I will happily eat this for lunch on it’s own. Or when Stew is working away I will make a massive bowl, take it to bed and munch my way through it with a chick-flix and a large glass of wine. (Or a big bowl of risotto…because my Stew is anti risotto (crazy man!!))

But as a side it is perfect. Enough flavour for you to enjoy a mouthful or three without the meat, but balanced enough to take the flavours of a main course.

Overhead View. Showing a close up of the italian herb pasta, garnished with parsley.

The sauce is a simple mixture of olive oil, stock cube and mixed Italian herbs. Then with some of the pasta cooking water you have a simple sauce which clings to the pasta.

Never ever drain your pasta without taking out a jugful of the pasta cooking water. It is the liquid gold that can turn your pasta from okay to restaurant quality fabulousness. Trust me, I was taught by an Italian! He was insistent, and it was a trick he had learnt from his Nonna. And we know that Nonna’s are never to be questions! Not unless you want a swift clip behind the ears 😉

Enjoy x


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Rich flavour packed pasta, glistening with a thin sauce, perfect for serving with grilled meats, roasts and anything breaded and fried. This No Cream Italian Herb Pasta is the perfect last minute side dish. And it comes together in just 10 minutes!!! Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious Food for Easy Entertaining
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No Cream Italian Herb Pasta - last minute side

Rich flavour packed pasta, glistening with a thin sauce, perfect for serving with grilled meats, roasts and anything breaded and fried. This No Cream Italian Herb Pasta is the perfect last minute side dish. And it comes together in just 10 minutes!!!
Course Side
Cuisine Italian
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 421 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz long pasta
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dried italian herbs
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
  2. Salt the water generously and then add the pasta.
  3. Stir well and set your timer for 2 minute less than the packet suggests.
  4. Whilst the pasta is cooking add the olive oil and Italian herbs to a small pan and place over a low heat.
  5. Once the oil is shimmering, turn off the heat and crumble in the vegetable stock cubes.
  6. Stir well and leave whilst the pasta finishes cooking.
  7. Use a big jug to remove 2 cups of the pasta cooking water then drain the pasta.
  8. Put the pasta back into the pan.
  9. Tip in the olive oil mixture.
  10. Then use 1 cup of pasta water to rinse the pan out and add this to the pasta.
  11. Place over a medium heat and stir gently.
  12. Add a further 1/4-1/2 cup of the cooking water as needed.
  13. Once the pasta has a thin coating and all the water has been absorbed, check the seasoning and serve.
Nutrition Facts
No Cream Italian Herb Pasta - last minute side
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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    • Susanne
    • March 15, 2018
    Reply

    What a great dish! Perfect for a side or even a meatless dinner! I love all the flavors you’ve layered into this recipe!!

    Susanne

    1. Reply

      Thank you Susanne, I love how easy it is whilst still tasting great!

  1. Reply

    I happened on this when trying to find something to make with our grilled chicken last night! Im so glad I made a double batch so Id have lunch too…. it was so easy, I had everything to make it and it saved the dilemma of what to make as a side dish! Looking forward to lunch as I type this… it was so yummy!

    1. Reply

      Oh I am so happy you enjoyed it Michele 😀
      It is such a great last minute side dish isn’t it!

  2. Reply

    I LOVE that there’s no cream added to this pasta dish. I can see myself eating a large bowl of this on the couch 🙂

    1. Reply

      It is definitely a bowl on the sofa type of dish 😀

    • Karly
    • December 28, 2017
    Reply

    So easy and quick too!! Pinning!

    1. Reply

      Simple sides are my favourite kind 😀
      Thank you for the pin!

  3. Reply

    oh yum, it looks healthy and delicious…. I love the herbs :O

    1. Reply

      Not having cream in it, means you can really enjoy this pasta quilt free. (Not that I ever have food guilt!;-) )

  4. Reply

    This pasta recipe seems great! I’ve been looking for something different to try, thanks for this!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Isadora, it is such a simple side but it works so well with so many mains 😀

    • Donna
    • December 16, 2017
    Reply

    Hi, Claire
    This pasta looks really very good and its simple. I don’t like olive oil personally. Is there any alternative to olive oil? BTW thanks for your great recipe.

    1. Reply

      Hi Donna,
      You could use a mixture of a neutral oil and melted butter.
      I have tried it with all butter and somehow the sauce isn’t as light and silky.
      But a mixture of oil and butter will fix that.

      Hope that helps.

        • Donna
        • December 18, 2017
        Reply

        Thanks, Claire, for your quick response. I’m going to try it soon 🙂

    • Aria
    • December 13, 2017
    Reply

    It’s so tasty; I really enjoyed it , thanks for sharing such an easy and wonderful pasta recipe.

  5. Reply

    I love pasta so much. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    1. Reply

      You are welcome Krishi, pasta is a staple main/side in our house 😀

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