Sunday, April 22, 2012

{Make this}: Simple Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Red Pepper Flakes.

When the weather turns nicer and the days are brighter longer, for dinner I really crave something light and fresh. I love eating on our back patio and just simply being outside.

This recipe is perfect for that kind of night. Simple enough for a school/work night but still delicious. When you read what is in it, you'd think it wouldn't have flavor but oh does it!

I used this recipe from Yum Sugar as a base but went to the comments section to get ideas on how to improve it (hint for making something off an internet recipe - the comments are always helpful).

You'll need:

spaghetti pasta
fresh garlic, minced (as much as you prefer - for me, that is LOTS)
good extra virgin olive oil
red pepper flakes (about 2 teaspoons)
fresh parmesan or romano cheese, grated

You'll do:
1) Boil the pasta - make sure to watch and not let it get too cooked. You want it "al dente" for this since it is the feature of the recipe.

2) In a saucepan, heat your olive oil on medium heat. Once it gets hot, add your garlic and pepper flakes and let them infuse in the oil. Be careful not to let the garlic burn so only leave it on about 2 minutes.

3) Toss the olive oil/pepper flake/garlic mixture into the pasta and stir in grated cheese.

We served with a fresh spring mix salad. And there you have it! That easy!

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