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Spaghetti with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chili and Garlic

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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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