Spaghetti with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chili and Garlic

Spaghetti with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chili and Garlic

This is probably one of the most popular recipes for native Italians. Quick yet delicious, it takes only 6-7 minutes to cook the pasta, and the ‘sauce’ is ready in less than half that time.

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  • 400g spaghetti
  • 200ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • A large handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped, Salt

Step by step

  • Put plenty of water in a saucepan, add the salt, bring to the boil and throw in the pasta. Stir, then cook for about 5-6 minutes, until nearly done. 
  • Meanwhile, heat the Olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan over a low heat. Fry the garlic for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to mix the garlic flavor with the Olive the oil. Add 2 tbsp of water to the pan and stir in the chilli and parsley. Season with salt and cook for 3 minutes, mixing occasionally. 
  • The pasta will be ready and al dente in those few minutes. Drain it well and mix it in with the `sauce', adding a little salt and, if needed, 1-2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Stir a couple of times and serve.

Buon appetito!


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