Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Chili and Garlic


This classic Italian pasta is quick and easy but delicious. It’s the perfect dish to showcase a robust olive oil.

Serves 4
1 lb spaghetti
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped
A large handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1 Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente.

2 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan over a low heat, and fry the garlic for 1-2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to spread the flavor through the oil. Add 2 tbsp cooking water to the pan and stir in the chili and parsley. Season with salt and cook for 3 minutes, mixing occasionally.

3 When the spaghetti is ready, drain it quickly so it is still rather wet and add it to the sauce. Gently toss to coat, then leave for a minute over a low heat before serving on hot plates.

Recipe modified from The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto and David Dale (Grub Street)

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