05 March 2011

This is for the craving one out there...

[spaghetti aglio olio served with hash brown are nice!]

So, for you. Yeah. For you, the one that asking me for the recipe. This is the recipe. 

Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Serves four
  • 1 lb. dried long pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • Paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 or 2 Tblsp. minced fresh herbs such as parsley, fresh oregano or a mixture (optional)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan (pass separately)

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta al dente and drain, 
saving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. While the pasta is cooking, gently 
warm the olive oil in a large sauté pan, add the garlic either slivered or 
minced and heat just until the garlic turns golden. If you are using the
 red pepper flakes, add them here. Remove garlic or not according to your 
taste. Set oil aside until pasta is drained. Place oil back on medium low flame
 and toss pasta, in the sauté pan, with salt until well coated. If the pasta 
seems dry add dribbles of the pasta water. Add herbs and just heat through. 
Serve immediately with a good grind of black pepper, and pass the grated 
cheese at table. I also like to have a cruet of olive oil on the table so diners 
may add a drizzle if they wish.

My dear, the one that I usually cook is: 

1. I don't remove the garlic as the recipe suggested "Remove garlic or not 
according to your taste." 

2. pasta al dente means pasta that have been cooked so as to be firm but 
not hard.

3. Why must "Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil." ? Because to avoid 
the spaghetti stick to the surface of the pan itself. Or, you can boil with just 2 
drops of oil + water instead of preparing the salted water.

4. Before this, I never serve this with cheese because my dad doesn't prefer 
cheese to put inside. So, that's why we serve it with hash brown. However,
 if you like cheese, have a try! Serve immediately with a good grind of black 
pepper, and pass the grated cheese at table

5. Forget to mention, the prep time takes 5 mins only and the cooking time is 
about 15-20 mins - depends on the chef's skill! =p - So, that's why it is also 
known as express spaghetti !

So, the recipe and the tips already given, do cook it! Then, let me have a try! =)

That's all. Have a nice day!

P/s: Look forward for me to cook? Wait ya! ^_^

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