Garlic-Buttered Pasta Shells

This is an easy and versatile pasta side dish that complements simple main dishes like roast chicken, pan-seared pork chops, grilled steak and broiled fish.



  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and butter and continue cooking, stirring constantly until barely golden, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar. Continue cooking for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions. Combine with the garlic mixture, add the fresh parsley and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.