May 27, 2010

Bow Tie Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil

This week the theme for IHCC (I Heart Cooking Clubs) is garlic breath :o) 

While garlic breath may not be pleasant to be around, it sure is enjoyable to eat the food that causes it!

I decided to go with something simple - Linguini with Garlic and Oil.  Bittman says linguini is traditional but any type of pasta would work - which is what I used - any type of pasta.  I love bowtie pasta and thought it would not only be easier to eat but prettier.


Bow Tie Pasta with Garlic and Oil
How to Eat Everything by Mark Bittman

Salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 or 2 small dried red chiles or red hot pepper flakes to taste
1 pound long, thin pasta like linguine or spaghetti, or any other pasta
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it.  Put the oil, garlic, chilis and a pinch of salt in a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat.  Let the garlic sizzle a bit, shaking the pan occasionally, just until it turns golden, about 3 minutes.  Turn off the heat if pasta isn't ready.

Coo pasta until it is tender but not mushy.  When it is done, drain it, reserving a bit of the cooking water.  Reheat the garlic and oil mixture briefly if necessary.  Dress the pasta with the sauce, adding a little more oil or some of the cooking water if it seems dry.  Taste and adjust the seasoning, then toss with parsley if your using it.

I went with Bittman's suggestion of garlic, oil, and fresh herbs.  I have a nice pot of basil thanks to my son & DIL  - so I skipped the parsley and used fresh basil leaves.  I also added some grated fresh parmesean just before serving.  YUMMY.  Grumpy and I both enjoyed this dish and will definitely be a regular on our table!

16 comments:

  1. Simple and delicious. We have a rule in our house. If one person eats garlic, the other person has to eat some too :)

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  2. It is pretty and as long as Grumpy is eating the garlic-infused dish too it is all good:D

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  3. My comfort garlicky food that I eat several times per month love this recipe!

    I kill the garlic breath with minty desserts :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  4. Love the garlic and a little kick from the pepper. This is a perfect side dish for summertime barbecues.

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  5. The garlicky flavor sounds terrific! I've been making lots of dishes with garlic lately because my daughter finally admitted that garlic is not really spicy but flavorful and likes it :)

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  6. Looks beautiful and sounds delicious!

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  7. looks beautiful thats all I use is garlic....perfect!

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  8. Two garlic breaths cancel each other out, so as long as you don't kiss anyone but Grumpy, no one's the wiser!

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  9. I love linguine but bow ties definitely do this classic justice. What a great dish!

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  10. MmmmYum this looks and sounds delish!

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  11. Yum, this was a great choice...sounds simple and delicious! And the bowties are pretty ;)

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  12. I love the little bowties, and with all that parsley and garlic, so good and good for you too.

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  13. A beautiful and simple dish to let the garlic shine through. Great pick!

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  14. The bowties are very popular at my house too. I bet it was gobbled up very quickly. Looks delicious :)

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  15. Love the pasta..simple and garlicky...

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