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Monday Meal: Easy Pasta with Garlic & Oil

Posted By on April 20, 2015, 7:16 AM

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One of my very favorite Italian pasta dishes is also one of the simplest to make: pasta with garlic and olive oil. It's called aio e oio in Italy, a classic Roman dish. 

This recipe is based on one by the late, great Italian cooking expert and author, Marcella Hazan, with a slight tweak or two of my own. I strongly urge you to try this — especially if you're a garlic lover. It's a very quick-and-easy dish for the busy cook — you can make the garlic and oil sauce while the pasta is boiling. 

In Italy it would be considered sacrilege to eat aio e oio grated cheese, but I like it with quality Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled on top. 

Ingredients:

1 lb. dried pasta, preferably spaghetti

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 to 1 tsp. hot red-chili pepper flakes (you can add more or leave them out altogether, depending on your heat tolerance)

3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced

2 Tbs. minced fresh Italian parsley

Salt

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)

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Method:

Bring a large pot of liberally salted water to a boil and cook the pasta just to al dente

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While the pasta is cooking, place the garlic, olive oil and chili peppers into a small sauce pan over medium-low heat.

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Cook the garlic/oil/chili mixture, stirring occasionally, until the garlic becomes a pale gold.

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DON'T BURN THE GARLIC! Remove from the heat as soon as the garlic turns slightly golden.

When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and toss with the aio e oio and the chopped parsley.

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I think it's probably sacrilegious in Rome, but I like to serve my aio e oio topped with a little fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano. It's served here with a side of fried artichoke hearts.

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Photos by Ted Scheffler 

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