Fresh Herb Sauce for Pasta

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

From The Splendid Table, this is delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set a 6-quart pot of water (fill 3/4 full, adding 1 tablespoon salt) to boil, covered.
  2. Add pasta. Cook according to pkg. directions(usually about 10 mins.).
  3. Put all the herbs, zest,garlic and onion together on a cutting board.
  4. Chop all together until garlic is about 1/4 inch. Heat 2 tbls. extra-virgin olive oil in 12-inch skillet over medium high heat. Add herb/garlic/onion mixture to pan, lower heat to medium, and sauté with salt and freshly ground black pepper, taking care not to burn garlic-it should go about 5 minutes and be light blonde.
  5. Set sauce aside while cooking pasta. Just before draining, stir 2/3 cup pasta water into pan. Drain pasta, bring herb sauce to boil, and then add pasta to pan. Toss over medium low heat about 2 minutes. Season to taste and then toss with cheese. Turn into a bowl and serve. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

5 stars to a recipe where I can use my home grown herbs - this was great and I used a leek instead of green onion and my fresh herbs were sage, oregano and chives - served with ravioli - just marvellous thanks Sharon !!

katew October 14, 2009

I enjoyed this for lunch (scaled back for 1 serve). I used penna and my fresh herbs were sweet basil, parsley, oregan and a little purple sage (had no marjoram). If you like your herbs and pasta this is the dish for you light and refreshing and very nice change from a heavy meat sauce style of pasta. Thank you Sharon123, made for Newest ZAAR Tag 2008 (April).

I'mPat June 12, 2008

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