Feb 20, 2009

Sweet Redemption

I couldn’t let the garlic beat me. You understand, right? My earlier, um... disaster, had left a bad taste in my mouth… and I do mean that literally. So I set out to remind myself why I do, in fact, love garlic.

Dinner For One: Pasta Aglio e Olio (Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta)

This DFO is a garlic lover’s dream. It is one of the easiest, fastest & tastiest ways to fix a bowl of pasta – perfect for a weeknight when you’re craving comfort food. Or culinary redemption. But maybe that’s just me…

How I made it:
Start a big pot of water over high heat to cook the pasta. While you’re waiting for it to come to a boil, finely mince 3-4 cloves of garlic. Or push it through a garlic press… whatever works for you. Put the garlic in a sauté pan over low heat with a few swirls of olive oil. No, I don’t know how much a few swirls is…maybe a little less than a quarter cup? 

When the water reaches a boil, add a palmful of salt & dump your pasta in. Any shape you like. Stir the garlic occasionally, making sure it sautés gently & doesn’t burn. When the pasta is almost done, scoop it out of the water & add it to the sauté pot. Raise the heat a little & cook, stirring, until the pasta is fully cooked & coated in the garlic oil. Add salt, black pepper & red pepper flakes to taste. I like a lot of all of those plus a little grated parmesan. And a glass of wine.

Finally, garlic a gal can love...

1 comment:

Jupiter Cuz said...

My ex Sicilian grandmother makes this. It is one of my all time favorites. Yummy!