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Pasta – Aglio e Olio

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Aglio e Olio
Garlic and Oil
by James Belardo

This iconic and classic pasta sauce is as basic as you can get but it’s also one of the most versatile. Simply adding ingredients can help create delicious variations. Try adding shrimp, tuna, salmon, mushrooms, peas, ricotta cheese, peas, sausages, cherry tomatoes, fior d’latte (mozzarella) or blanched rapini.

For now, we’ll start with the basics.

Ingredients
2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on size of cloves)
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Italian flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper – to taste
Oven-Toasted Pine Nuts – optional
Butter or minced anchovies – optional
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional

Pasta (suggested)
Spaghetti
Spaghettini
Linguine.

Pine Nuts – optional
The pine puts can easily be roasted in an oven. Check out how to here at Oven-Toasted Pine Nuts

Suggested Toppings and Garnish
Italian-style seasoned breadcrumbs (traditional)
Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano Cheese
A sprig or two of Parsley

Directions
1. Cook pasta al dente. When you are adding the pasta to the salted boiling water you can begin to make the sauce, it will only take a few minutes.

2. Heat 3-4 tbsp olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and allow it to slowly cook until it begins to brown (be careful not to burn the garlic, it will turn bitter).

3. When the pasta is almost ready, add a ladle or two of the pasta water to the garlic and oil sauce, this will help the sauce adhere to the pasta better. When the pasta is ready, combine the pasta with the sauce in the sauce pan.

4. Add 2-3 tbsp of olive oil, chopped parsley, salt and pepper (to taste), mix well.

5. While plating, top with the seasoned breadcrumbs and some fresh parsley or top with  the toasted pine nuts along with the grated cheese.

Tips
Try adding a can or two of tuna fish into the mixture. (Use the seasoned bread crumbs rather than the grated cheese, it’s an Italian thing).

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Written by Zio James

June 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

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