Friday, 8 August 2008

Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (Per Uno)

What can I say. The ultimate comfort food. A quick and rewarding meal for one (or even two).

Home alone, Friday night, all the kids except Luca are away with friends and my wife is having drinks with a friend who has just returned from China.

Hungry, ten minutes to prepare something before having to tidy up loads of loose ends before going on holiday in a week, and suddenly there is no other option.

100g spaghetti (all ingredients per person)

2 small hot red chillies, finely chopped

3-4 roughly chopped cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of chopped parsley/basil

1 tablespoon of finely grated parmesan cheese

2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

A knob of butter

Add the spaghetti to a pot of boiling water, then add the chillies, garlic and olive oil to a pan and cook them gently, being careful not to burn the garlic. Take the pan off the heat while you wait for the pasta to cook.

Once the spaghetti is done, drain it and mix in the butter to coat the pasta before adding it to the pan with the garlic and chillies. Throw it around to blend the spaghetti with the flavoured hot oil. Add the herbs, toss it about a little more and then serve onto a warmed plate. Drizzle a little more olive oil over the pasta and then finish with the grated parmesan.

Add a bit of freshly ground black pepper, grab a glass of red and forget everything except the delight on the plate before you.

1 comment:

ankur said...

Its looking very yummy and also a fast cooking recipe.I'll definietly try it in my kitchen.

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