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Nutty brown butter is infused with garlic in this incredibly easy pasta side dish. Brown Butter Garlic Angel Hair Pasta is a quick and versatile side dish that you’ll use again and again.
The nutty flavor of brown butter adds a little flair to this simple, easy dish. Toss some grilled chicken (or fish) and veggies over it for a complete meal, or serve it as a simple side. It’s plain enough that the pickiest of child eaters will still eat it, and delicious enough that the grown ups will all be happy too. This has been one of my go-to sides for years. It works with practically anything and I can easily swing it into a whole meal which makes this one a keeper. You can totally do this without browning the butter, but that brown butter adds such a nice touch, it’s worth the extra few minutes of effort. The garlic cloves infuse the butter with garlic flavor which is just so dang tasty. I love the sediments left in the bottom of the pan after making brown butter. With the garlic I can’t help but clean off the bottom of the pan with a piece of crusty bread. I’m always telling myself “don’t fill up on bread!” but in this case, I can’t resist!
Need a visual of making the brown butter? Watch the video where I walk you through every step of this recipe.

An overhead view of a large bowl filled with angel hair pasta
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • optional minced chives or parsley, for garnish
  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in garlic cloves. Continue cooking over medium heat until butter foams, giving the pan a good occasional swirl. Once butter foams keep a close eye on it. The color will change from yellow to tan and then to brown. Once it reaches brown, remove it from the heat immediately and pour over the cooked pasta, discarding the garlic cloves.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese until melted. Serve hot with some minced chives or parsley.
Change up the flavors in this dish by garnishing it with a little tarragon. I absolutely love tarragon and when I have it, it's fun to use it to switch things up a bit and add a little "gourmet" feel to such a simple dish.


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Angel Hair Pasta
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January 22, 2020 11:33 pm

5 stars
Very very good. The browning of the butter with the garlic makes a big difference.

Virginia Sotelo/ Me
June 8, 2020 12:28 pm

5 stars
Loved it.
Super quick and easy.
I used 2 table spoons of chopped garlic and 1 steeped tablespoon of Dry parsley. Put everything in a big frying pan with butter at low medium heat and once butter was a little golden I added the past to the pan and mixed gently with tongs.

March 28, 2020 7:53 pm

5 stars
Been enjoying this for years. I use more than2 cloves of garlic. Love garlic

February 11, 2019 5:14 pm

5 stars
It was delicious! All 3 kids (21months-8yrs) and Daddy ate every bite. No complaints.

June 30, 2018 4:59 am

Can you add sour cream to this recipe for a light Alfredo sauce? If yes, how much and when.

June 21, 2018 12:13 am

Just tried this. It was super quick and easy! I added some chicken and cherry tomato halves. It was delicious!!!! My husband and kids requested for this to be made often. Thanks for the recipe!

Krystel Carrillo
February 5, 2018 1:01 pm

5 stars
I just tried this yesterday and decided to add some sun dried tomatoes and chicken. It came out beautiful.

March 15, 2017 4:45 am

5 stars
Thank you for this recipe – it was exactly what I was looking for! I ended up making mine with spinach pasta and sautéed shrimp. Delicious!

December 12, 2016 6:35 pm

This was amazing super quick and simple. Loved it!!

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