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Its that time of month again – for Taste & Create!  Taste & Create is an event that I participated in often prior to my neck surgery.  Even though it has been over 2 years since that surgery (can you BELIEVE that!?), it feels like finally things are starting to settle.  It went from one thing to another after I had that surgery and each event seemed like it couldn’t get any worse.  Now, here we are, relocated, new (and better!) jobs and I’m finally blogging again the way I used to.  Seems like we are both happy at the same time with the situations in our professional and personal lives and I am not too certain it has ever been this way before!

Last month I decided to get back into Taste & Create because I enjoyed it so much.  This month I was paired with Shilpa of Passion + Love + Patience.  Shilpa has a variety of recipes on her blog, but when I saw this pasta side dish I knew I would be making it!  Pasta is one of my weaknesses – and my favorite way to eat it is without the red sauce!  Garlic & Olive Oil are the way to go for me!  I didn’t make her recipe exactly as she wrote it, I had to improvise a little bit.  You can find the recipe for Shilpa’s Simpilest Spaghetti Ever on her blog.  Below is the recipe the way I made it.  Enjoy!

Grumpy enjoyed the pasta dish.  His only comment to me was “you need to start measuring your ingredients”. ha ha.  That was because I was a little more heavy handed on the red pepper flakes than he likes!  I will admit, I did put more in than I planned to.  It just “happened” ;o)

Cellentani Pasta Side Dish
adapted from Passion + Love + Patience

8 oz dried Cellentani pasta – cooked according to package directions and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, crushed
sprinkling of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh sliced basil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes.  Saute being careful not to burn the garlic 2-3 minutes.  Toss in pasta and heat through.  Remove from heat.  Mix in fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt, serve, enjoy!  Thank you Shilpa!