Makes 4 Portions Garlic Spaghetti
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 pound dry spaghetti
- salt as needed
- 6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup *olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (highly recommend Parmigiano-Reggiano)
Add the garlic and olive oil to a saucepan, and place over medium-low heat. Cook until the garlic begins to turn golden-brown. Be very care to not overcook the garlic slices. If it gets to dark it will become bitter.
As soon as the garlic is to the perfect golden color, turn off the heat, and quickly add a 1/2 cup of the boiling pasta water, and swirl the pan to combine. The water will stop the garlic from browning any further in the olive oil.
When the spaghetti is cooked, drain very well, DO NOT rinse, and transfer to a large warm pasta bowl. Pour over the olive oil and garlic mixture. Add the butter, pepper flakes, parsley, and 2/3rds of the cheese. Toss until combined. Top with the rest of the cheese and serve immediately.
*Note: I prefer a regular olive oil for this recipe, as opposed to a strongly flavored extra virgin olive oil.