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I love Wednesday, because it’s Pasta Night at our house, and who doesn’t love pasta? Pasta night is the one night I know I will not have to fight with the big sis to eat her dinner, not to mention it’s also one of the quickest and easiest meals to make. It has become such a staple at our house that even the big sis know’s that Wednesday is pasta day.
Seriously, I love pasta night because of it’s ease, and the less work I put into it the better. Also, the quicker I make dinner, the happier the kids stay. It’s a win-win all around in our house.
Pasta night may be easy, but sometimes it can feel a bit dull too. Well, in order to make it a little less boring, I make sure to make garlic toast on the side each week. However, in the spirit of pasta night I still have to keep it simple and easy and I have found a great way to turn regular old sandwich bread into tasty garlic toast.
I bet you didn’t know that you have all of the ingredients you need right in your spice cabinet. What about the garlic? Well, as long as you have garlic salt you don’t even need to add fresh garlic, not unless you want to. I prefer the garlic salt since it’s always in the cabinet and we don’t usually have fresh garlic on hand (though I add that too when we do). Even if you prefer fresh, garlic salt will do in a pinch.
Simple & Easy Homemade Garlic Toast
Garlic toast is a great way to turn boring old pasta night into a family favorite. This recipe is super simple, quick and easy to make. You’ll wonder why you did it any other way!
- 6-8 Slices of Sandwich Bread; or any other bread that will fit in your toaster or toaster oven (we have even used hamburger buns)
- 2-3 Tbs. Butter
- ½ Tsp. Garlic Salt
- ½ Tsp. Onion Powder
- ½ Tsp. Italian seasoning
- Place butter into a microwave cup or bowl, and melt the butter for 30 seconds at a time until it is completely melted.
- As the butter is melting, take your bread and toast each slice. Once toasted, place the bread on a cookie sheet or baking dish (you will later be broiling the bread).
- As you are toasting your bread, and waiting for your butter to melt completely, turn your broiler on high. This way, it will be ready when it’s time to place your toast under the broiler later.
- Once the butter is melted, mix in all of your spices (garlic salt, onion powder, and Italian seasoning).
- Take your butter and seasoning mix and add this to your bread. To do this, pour a tablespoon of mix onto each slice of bread, making sure to spread this with the back of the spoon. Continue this until all of the mixture has been used.
- Now that your mixture is on your toast, place your baking sheet under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until it just starts browning. It is a good idea to leave your stove light on, as the toast can go from done to over-done in no time.
Here is a step by step guide with pictures and some side notes. This is how I make this simple treat every week.
Step One: Melt your butter in a microwave safe bowl or cup
I usually use a coffee mug, so I can place it dishwasher after it’s all said and done. This usually takes about a minute or so depending on your microwave.
Step Two: Toast all of your bread while the butter is busy melting away
If you’re pressed for time (or the kids are screaming and you just can’t wait for all of the bread to go through the toaster, hey it’s happens to all of us sometimes), you may skip this step. However, be warned that if you don’t toast this first, it can get quite soggy especially on the bottom of your bread. Place these on a cookie sheet as they are completed, this way you can place them under broiler at the end right before serving.
Step Three: Add equal amounts of garlic salt, onion powder, and italian seasoning mix to your melted butter.
I like to start with a half a teaspoon at a time and then perform a taste test, and continue until the mixture is just right. For us it’s usually about a half to a full teaspoon, it all depends on the mood when you made it.
Step Four: Once the mixture is just right for you, spread the mix over each toasted piece of bread. Continue this through all of the pieces until all of the mixture has been used up.
I find it best to spread a teaspoon on each piece of toast, and to continue repeating until all of the mixture has been used up. Then pouring the remaining drops over the last piece of toast. This way, everything is as even as possible.
Step Five: Place the bread under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes.
I like to keep my oven light on so I can watch as it goes. Right when you notice browning, you can take these out.
Now they are ready to serve, place on the side of your pasta dish and enjoy! I find the addition of garlic toast turns a plain pasta meal into a much more appealing dish. The big sis looks forward to her pasta bread, as she calls it, each week. She always has to make sure that we have this. Well, who am I to say no?
What is your favorite add-on for pasta? Please share in the comments section below.
Nikki is a full time working mom trying to balance, work-life-family and everything in-between. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband and their two girls. Of course, when she can get some time to herself you will catch her writing for her blog, Growing Up Mom, reading, crocheting (not so awesomely) and catching up on her favorite shows. All while enjoying coffee, lots and lots of coffee.
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