The Simplest Pasta Dish In The World

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Food

I made this for dinner tonight.  I first ate this dish in an Italian restaurant and loved it, tried making it a few times myself and because it sounds so simple, I was surprised it took a few goes to get it right, but now I have, I will share it with you.

But, to like this dish you need to LOVE pasta, LOVE garlic and LOVE olive oil, obviously it helps if you buy good quality oil and only use it for dressings or dishes such as this.

(Serves 2)

Any pasta (I use spaghetti)
3 Cloves of Garlic (I told you that you need to love garlic!)
Dried or fresh Chilli, as much or as little as you can handle.
6 tablespoons of good quality Olive Oil

Once the water for the pasta is boiling, throw in the pasta and get another saucepan for the oil.  Put the oil in the pan, add the dried or fresh chilli.  If you are using fresh, make sure its very finely chopped. If you’ve got a garlic crusher, crush the garlic.  If you havent, again, chop it as finely as possible and add that to the oil as well.

Gently heat the oil. You DO NOT want to burn the garlic as this will make it bitter, so keep the heat low so the flavour of the garlic and chilli infuses into the oil.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it well and put it back in the pan, add the oil and make sure you get as much as the garlic and chilli in too.  Stir it in well and serve it immediately.

It’s that simple and takes 10 minutes.


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