Pasta Aglio e Olio

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Have you seen previews for the movie Chef? I really want to see it. Great cast, and one of my favorite subjects… food! In the movie, Jon Favreau (Chef) makes a simple, delicious pasta to try to woo Scarlett Johansson. Thanks to Food and Wine Magazine, I found the recipe! This was simple, garlickly, spicy, and fast. This will definitely be a pasta staple for me.

Ingredients:
1 pound  (1 box) dried spaghetti
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, plus more to taste
kosher salt and fresh black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving

Directions:
1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, salt the water and add the spaghetti and cook about 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and reserve 1/4 cup or so of the pasta water.
2) In a large pan, heat the olive oil. Add garlic slivers and cook over medium heat until just starting to brown. Add the crushed red pepper and stir. Season with a little salt and pepper.
3) Add drained spaghetti to the pan, a little pasta water, and stir until spaghetti is thoroughly coated.
4) Remove the pan from the heat. Add parsley, parmesan, and mix together. Taste test and add more salt, pepper, parmesan, or red pepper if desired. Squeeze in lemon juice, and serve with Parmesan and lemon wedges.

 

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