Friday, May 18, 2012

Italian Family Favorite Recipe: Pasta Con Aglio E Olio - Pasta with Garlic & Oil

If you've ever been to an Italian festival or Italian church fair, you've probably seen this being served: hot bowls of pasta with garlic and oil. The aroma of sauteed garlic reels you in.

Pasta with garlic and olive oil is a staple meal in every Italian household.

When I think of comfort food, this is a dish that comes to mind.  It's also a meal that I can whip up when I don't have I'm lost as to what to have for dinner.  I always have pasta, garlic and oil in the house.  It's fast, and tastes divine.  Served up with a garden salad, it makes for a speedy, satisfying dinner.

In the post title I say "recipe", but it's more like a creation because none of my family members actually has a recipe.  We just make it. A little of this and that and throw in our own touches.  For the purpose of this post, I'll try to measure what I use today to make our family recipe, but use your cooking judgement to add more or less to your taste.

Gadgets used:



1 lb. Pasta, our preference is Linguine
6 to 7 cloves of garlic, chopped (adjust depending on your taste and the size of the cloves)
1/4 cup  Good quality olive oil
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Topping (optional)
Grated Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

Bring 4 - 6 quarts of water to a boil.  Add 1 Tbsp. of salt to the water.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, add the oil to your large saute pan. Set heat to medium.
Add the chopped garlic and saute, do not brown the garlic, add red pepper flakes if you'd like.
Remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.  Do not drain. Lift colander out of the pot and slide the cooked, wet, pasta into the saute pan with the garlic and oil. Stir with silicone covered tongs. Add pasta water as needed to create a broth.
Serve with freshly grated Italian cheese & enjoy this traditional Italian family favorite at your dinner table.

Gadgets & Farfalle (bows) pasta ready to go.

Ingredients ready to go.

Sauteed garlic, olive oil, & red pepper flakes.

Sliding the pasta into the saute pan.

Adding pasta water to the steaming pan of bows, garlic,
olive oil & red pepper flakes.

Warm, aromatic, flavor filled plate of pasta with garlic and oil!
Top off with cheese if you please & enjoy.

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