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Aglio Olio Pasta Sauce

Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Great Sauce with Spaghetti or Tagliatelle

This Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino (garlic, olive oil and Chilli) recipe is one of our favorites. It can be fantastic or not depending on the quality of your ingredients.
It's worthwhile to make your own Pasta - it's really easy and makes all the difference. If you don't have time to make your own, any good quality dried Spaghetti will do - just follow the instructions on the packet.
The sauce is super-easy to make - so easy in fact, that a lot of people don't bother to try it. Do try it - but Beware - it's highly addictive, you'll be wanting it every day!
Here's our own Italian - Mediterranean version - hope you enjoy it.

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Great Spaghetti Aglio Olio Recipe

Aglio Olio Ingredients for 4 People.
  • One recipe of fresh pasta (cut into spaghetti).
  • OR - 450g./1lb. dried pasta of your choice,
    cooked al dente according to instructions.
  • 4 Tablespoons of  extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2 plump cloves of garlic (finely chopped).
  • 2 small, dried hot chillis (pounded in a pestle and mortar). You can use more if you like chilli.
  • A handfull of fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, basil) we sometimes use coriander for a change - it's up to you.
  • 100g./4ozs. Freshly grated parmesan.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • A couple of tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to moisten the sauce.

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Aglio Olio Method

OK this is REALLY Easy.
  1. If you are making your own pasta using a pasta machine follow our pasta recipe.
  2. Next heat your olive oil in a medium sized non stick fry pan, and add the garlic (not too hot - you don't want the garlic to color - just soften and cook nicely).
  3. Add the Chilli and stir.
  4. Now add the herbs - stir and remove from the heat.
  5. Meanwhile cook the pasta - if you make your own using our Recipe bring a large pan of water with plenty of salt in it to the boil and add the Spaghetti.
  6. Bring it back to the boil and cook for one minute.
  7. If you use dried pasta - just follow the instructions on the packet.
  8. Reheat the sauce - add the drained Spaghetti and a couple of tablespoons of the pasta water - toss and serve in  warmed bowls, with a sprinkle of salt, a good grinding of black pepper and generous amounts of the grated Parmesan. The best spaghetti ever!

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