Pasta With a Few Ingredients

Quickies? Bad for the love dungeon, good for the kitchen.

Despite the vague name associated with this recipe, I actually researched how to make a fast pasta recipe (perhaps I can coin the term “fasta” for “fast pasta”) that was flavorful and with few ingredients. After perusing a few Ina Garten (the queen) recipes, I developed this take on her 3-ingredient pasta.

Feel free to swap a few ingredients, use whatever type of pasta you have on hand, or make this recipe your own.

Linguine pasta with few ingredients, but lots of flavor!

Pasta with a Few Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1-2 servings)

  • 1 serving of pasta (view package guidance)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, minced, or grated
  • 4-5 tablespoons of freshly grated parmesan
  • 2-3 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A scant splash of heavy cream (optional)


  1. Boil water for the pasta. Cook in heavily salted water, according to package directions. Reserve some of the cooking liquid before draining.
  2. Chop or mince garlic very finely.
  3. Grate parmesan cheese.
  4. Drain pasta (leave a small bit of water in the pot) and return to the stove.
  5. Add butter to the pan and allow to melt.
  6. Add garlic to the butter and pasta. Cook and toss until fragrant and softened, approximately 2 minutes.
  7. Mix in parmesan cheese. Add a splash of pasta cooking water if the mixture is too thick.
  8. Add splash of heavy cream (optional).
  9. Stir to combine and enjoy!

Watched me make this recipe here:

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