Lazy Girl: Aglio e Olio

Is there really a recipe for spaghetti aglio e olio? Sure there is!

Spaghetti w/ garlic and olive oil. This is comfort food at its best. I make it when there is absolutely nothing much else in the house to eat, or when I am just feeling lazy.

Simple and delicious. It's perfect to whip up when you come home late from work (or come home late from a party!).

I am sure everyone has their own way of making it. But here's mine.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (spaghetti w/ garlic and olive oil)

1 lb. of thin spaghetti
6 garlic cloves, sliced thin
a little less than 1/2 cup of good olive oil
sea salt
good dash of hot pepper flakes
zest of a lemon
Pecorino cheese and fresh parsley for garnish

Pour oil and hot pepper in a large skillet, big enough to hold the pasta in it too.

Boil pasta as per directions and drain, saving about 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

Heat the oil on low flame and cook the slices of garlic with the hot pepper flakes for about 5 minutes, without really browning, just till fragrant and golden.

Add the pasta with a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to the skillet of olive oil and toss.

Add the lemon zest, and season with salt and parsley and serve immediately.

Pass the cheese please.

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Pass the cheese please, I'd love a plate of this!
Claudia said…
This is when "simple" is king. There's nothing that comforts better.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
I'm with Marie and Claudia. this is perfection on a plate - simple, flavorful and soul satisfying. And yes, sausage for Henry in the mushroom lasagna - whatever Henry wants, Henry gets!
Kathy Walker said…
I agree with everybody else, this is perfect. Simple is satisfying and is always delicious!
Dana said…
OK, yeah. Yum. I need to add this to my lazy repertoire.
Joanne said…
Mmm my mom used to make this all the time with zucchini added in. Comfort food favorite.