spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli
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recipe type: quick meals
cuisine: Italian
serves: 2
  • 200g spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 1 handful flat leaf parsley
  1. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of salted water.
  2. When the spaghetti is almost done (about 3 mins before) add the oil to a frying pan, add the garlic and chilli and fry until the garlic is just starting to colour. Do not burn it. Add a half a cup of the pasta cooking water to the frying pan and remove from the heat.
  3. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain (reserve some of the water), add the spaghetti back to the frying pan and toss with the garlic and chilli over medium heat. Add a little more oil and water if needed. The water and oil should emulsify and coat the pasta. It shouldn't be dry, but slippery. You can add more water than you think because the pasta will absorb it.
  4. Throw in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. If you want you can garnish with some vegan parmesan. I used Vegusto Piquant.
This recipe is so simple it relies utterly on the ingredients. Use good pasta, fresh garlic and fresh chilli and it is hard to go wrong.
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