Easy Pasta Recipe
Delicious & Buttered California Style
What do California and Italy have in common? Not much – apart from Italian food. Fresh ingredients are best for Italian pasta and that adds to their growing popularity over the years on the West. One dish that bodes well for California & Italians is the New Pasta that is Buttered California Style. This makes for an easy pasta recipe and one you will enjoy making.
Using red tomato sauce has its advantages (it’s tasty) – and is the most familiar one to group with Italian Pasta. However, when you head up to Northern Italy, the tomatoes and olive oil give room for things like creamy butter – and this is hugely popular up North. Add to this, it is a major dairy region, much like California – which is the largest milk and butter producer in the U.S.
You may ask yourself how hard could it be to prepare? Combining pasta with rich natural California butter, this one comes together good!
Let’s get to it!
This is good enough to serve as a main course with a green salad on the side. Also blends in extremely well with any type of meat, chicken or fish. (Yes, even the most delicate dish)
Portion: 3-4 entree servings
Type of Pasta: This works with wider forms of pasta types, like linguini or fettuccini. They are able to provide you with a nice balance point with the cream. Other types might make this dish a bit soggy. However, feel free to choose as you please and to your taste buds.
For my choice, we are going with Fresh Linguini
1 lb. (pound) of Dried or Fresh Linguini
2 tablespoons of Salt
6 tablespoons of California Butter (or 75% of a stick)
1 cup (4 oz.) of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (or Dry Jack -it is an aged form of the ever-popular Monterey Jack)
1/4 Cup Toasted Bread Crumbs (many options on this – A topping of toasted bread crumbs adds a pleasing crunch)
Add Ground Pepper or Chili flakes to taste
Add Type of Meat – Your choice.
1. In a large 6-8 Quart Pot (holds 6-8 Liters) – bring 4 Liters of water quarts to a boil. Add salt and pasta.
2. While it is cooking, cut the butter into one inch pieces and set it aside to soften up.
3. When the pasta is finally cooked to your desired al dente style, drain it in a colander – and keep 1/4 cup of the pasta water in place.
4. Add back the drained pasta to the pot
5. Now you can add (1) butter (2) half the grated cheese and (3) half the bread crumbs
6. Toss it around – coat it well while mixing.
7. Add reserved pasta water to moisten and season with ground black better or chili flakes, to taste.
8. Once done, transfer it to a big bowl or portion control it into separate individual pasta bowls. We recommend these great colorful bowls by Uno Casa as a great option to serve in, and after you’re done – organize the bowls back. Check it out here.
9. Serve immediately
Now you are done. Wasn’t that an Easy Pasta Recipe?