This is a classic, year 'round recipe that is quick, easy and surprisingly good for you! Best made with long, thin pasta such as spaghetti, linguini (shown here) or fettuccini, it is spicy, rich and very satisfying. I like a lot of garlic but you can adjust the amount of garlic to taste.
Bonus: Watch the video below for a great garlic-peeling tip that keeps your hands clean!
Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley adds great flavor and a nice brightness. The hot chillies add the perfect touch of heat.
On a crisp fall or winter evening, linguini aglio e olio is just the thing to take off the chill. Try it instead of chicken soup when you have a head cold! Garlic is a super food and great for your immune system, parsley is a powerful antioxidant and loaded with vitamin C and K, olive oil is a rich source of energy and a heart-healthy fat that provides linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids (essential polyunsaturated fatty acids) and the spiciness from the chillies will clear those sinuses in no time.
Read more about garlic as an Immune system booster here.
And last but not least, the grated Parmesan cheese adds a touch of protein for a balanced carb-protein dish. Gotta love all that nutrition in a dish that tastes entirely decadent!!
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This is a must-have pasta recipe. It's easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand...pasta, chillies, olive oil, garlic, parsley and Parmesan cheese. If you don't have fresh chillies, just use red pepper flakes (a jar of them seems to last forever!!) and you're good to go. Cilantro can be substituted for the parsley or just skip it. (dried parsley has no flavor so I wouldn't even bother.)
I was first served this dish in Florence, Italy after a late night of dancing with friends. We were all famished but it was too late for restaurants to be open and too early for the cafes. Our Florentine host, Allessandro, threw together a batch of this spaghetti aglio olio in no time and it was the perfect dish! It hit the spot and became one of my favorite recipes.
This super simple pasta recipe is decadent and rich from the peppery olive oil and savory garlic, with just the right hit of heat from the chillies, a bright freshness from the parsley and a salty tang from the Parmesan cheese. Simple, quick and affordable enough for college students, super easy for new cooks and bachelors, it really is a no-fail pasta recipe. Add more heat and garlic to suit your taste. Maybe not the best choice for date night but, hey, if you both eat it...
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