This Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan is a classic, simple dish that’s quick to prepare and packed with flavor. The lightness of angel hair pasta makes it the perfect vehicle for a sauce of fragrant garlic, fresh herbs, and rich Parmesan cheese. It’s an ideal meal for those nights when you want something delicious but don’t have a lot of time.


  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, and chives), chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente, usually about 2-3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Make the Garlic Herb Sauce: While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant and just beginning to turn golden.
  3. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Add the drained pasta to the skillet with the garlic. Toss well to coat the pasta in the garlic oil. If the pasta seems dry, add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.
  4. Add Herbs and Parmesan: Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the chopped fresh herbs, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss everything together until the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce and cheese.
  5. Serve: Divide the pasta among plates or bowls. Garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 400
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 15g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

This Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan is a beautifully light yet flavorful dish that’s perfect for a quick, satisfying meal. The combination of fresh herbs and zesty lemon brightens the rich garlic and Parmesan sauce, making this pasta dish a delightful option for any day of the week.

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