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Linguine with Roasted Garlic Cream

Linguine with Roasted Garlic Cream

From the Hartford Courant Simple and easy to prepare. Serve as a vegetarian entree or add skewered sauteed shrimp and choizo as a garnish.

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 large heads garlic
  • 1 cup(s) oilive oil plus more if needed
  • 3 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 pound(s) fresh pasta such as linguine
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup(s) creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese preferably Parmigiano Reggiano divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes plus more if desired
  • 1/2 cup(s) plus 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley chopped, divided


Arrange a rack at center position and preheat over to 400 degrees.

Smash heads of garlic with your hand to break them into cloves. Lightly smash cloves with the back of a large knife so that the paper coating is loosened. Then remove and discard coating. Place cloves in a 2-cup or similar size oven-proof ramekin and pour olive oil over cloves to cover completley, adding more oil if needed. Cover tightly with a double thickness of aluminum foil and bake until cloves are very tender when pierced with a sharp knife and light golden, about 30 minutes. Watch carefully toward the end of the cooking time.

Remove cloves with a slotted spoon to a mixing bowl and add 1/2 cup of the oil in which they were roasted and the butter. Smash the garlic with a fork to combine well with butter and oil. Garlic mixutre can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature 30 minutes before using.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add linguine and 1 tablespoon salt. Cook paste until just tender, 4 - 5 minutes or according to package directions, then drain in a colander and return to the pot. Add garlic mixture and creme fraiche; toss well to combine. Stir in half of the Parmesan, !/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup of the parsley. Mix well. Taste and season with salt and with a pinch or two more of red pepper flakes if desired.

Mound pasta in 4 shallow bowl and sprinkle each serving with some remaining Parmesan and parsley.

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