Fancy Italian pasta at home

Who says you need to pay $13+ to eat a fancy Italian dish? Definitely not me. I’m starting to think that the only thing that makes a dish fancy is the parsley that they put on the plate for garnish. Sol and I went out for Italian the other night and I’ve been craving a similar pasta dish since then. I was convinced I could make it myself since it didn’t seem so hard. Success! This dish is really easy to make, promise. In the following picture, I’ve topped my pasta dish with some leftover kalua pig (smoked, shredded pork shoulder). I would have preferred chicken but I didn’t have any on hand. So, feel free to top (or not top) your pasta with your choice of meat – chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, etc.

Yum. See the parsley? Fancy. That's all it takes.

Simple garlic pasta


  • Cooked pasta – I used 1/2 cup whole wheat angel hair pasta (my favorite)
  • Extra virgin olive oil, around 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Tomato, cubed (as much or as little as you like)
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • Dried basil
  • Meat
  • Italian parsley for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in pan
  2. Add garlic and cook until garlic turns golden brown
  3. Add cubed tomato (as much or as little as you like), season with Paula Deen’s house seasoning and dried basil, and sauté for 3-5 minutes
  4. Add pasta (Note: If you are making more than 1/2 cup of pasta, be sure to add more olive oil, garlic and basil), sauté for 1-2 minutes to coat pasta with olive oil
  5. Put pasta on plate, top with your choice of meat, garnish with a few sprigs of Italian parsley

Viola! Fancy Italian pasta! Now, wasn’t that simple?

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