I have recently discovered the simplest-to-make pasta – Aglio e Olio – and tonight I made it with linguine noodles. I have also previously made it with a butternut squash ravioli pasta. Both times it has been out of this world amazing.
Did I mention it is simple to make? It is. Heat the olive oil in a pot (or a pan), slice up some cloves of garlic and toss it into the hot oil.
Give it a shake of salt, a grind of black pepper, and it is ready for the pasta – which should have been cooking while you were doing the things to the garlic and olive oil.
Aglio e Olio – amazing. So simple and yet such great flavours. If you don’t have picky eaters who are quick to say “It is too spicy” then feel free to add a pinch of red pepper flakes when you are browning the garlic.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
6-8 cloves of garlic
1 lb of fresh (cause that’s what I had) pasta
One handful of fresh spinach (cause that’s what I had)
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.
Black pepper to taste
- Put pasta noodles on to cook.
At the same time:
- Slice cloves of garlic.
- Put the olive oil in a pot or pan on medium heat.
- Add the garlic to the warm olive oil. Let it brown (4-6 minutes – don’t let it get too hot.)
- Add a shake of salt and black pepper.
- Add the handful of spinach (sliced however you like) into the strainer before adding the spinach
- Drain the noodles in the strainer – be sure to set aside a cup of the pasta water.
- Add cooked noodles and spinach to the pan of hot olive oil and garlic. Mix well.
- Add the pasta water one tablespoon at a time, stirring into the noodles until you have a sauce with a nice smooth, thin consistency.
- Serve in pasta bowls – add slices of parmesan cheese just before serving. Enjoy!
So completely simple! And basically, you use what is in your pantry or your fridge. You have dry noodles? Cook them up. You have some greens? Add them in as well – just be aware that if you post a picture of it on Instagram and say that it is Aglio e Olio and there are greens in it…someone will try to straighten you out about what REAL Aglio e Olio is like.
Of course the best part? My kids actually loved it and COMPLETELY finished it all off! That is almost unheard of around here these days.