Angel Hair Pasta With Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan

Simple angel hair pasta side, with olive oil, garlic, herbs and Parmesan. Easy! Cooks in 10 minutes.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic Herbs and Parmesan
Elise Bauer

When I was a college student living on my own years ago, one of my go-to quick dishes was spaghetti noodles stirred in with a little olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary.

It's still a favorite comforting side dish, though I've fancied it up a notch with the use of angel hair pasta (so quick!), more herbs than just rosemary, sliced garlic, some red pepper flakes, and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

In this recipe we are using rosemary, oregano, and thyme, sturdy herbs that grow year round outside my kitchen window. You could easily use other herbs. If you use more delicate herbs like tarragon or basil, I would recommend not heating them in the oil, but tossing them in at the end with the Parmesan cheese.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic Herbs and Parmesan
Elise Bauer

Watch This Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

Angel Hair Pasta With Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 side dish servings

This recipe can easily be doubled. If you use delicate herbs such as basil or tarragon, toss them in at the end with the Parmesan.


  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1/8 teaspoon chili pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare boiling water for pasta:

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. (1 tablespoon of salt for every 2 quarts of water).

  2. Cook garlic and herbs:

    While the water is heating in step 1, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan on medium heat. Add the sliced garlic, chili pepper flakes, finely chopped herbs, and chopped parsley to the oil. Cook for one minute or until the parsley has wilted and the garlic is emitting a strong fragrance. Remove from heat.

  3. Cook the pasta:

    The angel hair past will cook in about 2 minutes once it starts, so get everything ready. Once the water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta. Cook at a rolling boil until al dente. Remove 1/2 a cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside. Drain the pasta and rinse briefly with cold water, just enough to stop the cooking, but not so much as to make the pasta cold. The pasta should still be quite warm.

  4. Combine pasta and herbs:

    Place pasta in a large bowl. Pour herbed garlic sauce over the pasta and gently toss to combine. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper over the pasta and gently toss to combine. If the pasta is a little sticky, add back a little of the pasta cooking water to loosen.

    Serve immediately as a side dish. Reheats well if you make ahead.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic Herbs and Parmesan
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
390 Calories
18g Fat
46g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 390
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 377mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 191mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.