Food and Cooking

Spaghetti with garlic and chilli – Recipe

This is the easiest pasta to make and one of the best: simply a clove of garlic, a pinch of chilli flakes, a little parsley and a generous blessing of olive oil.

200g/7oz dried spaghetti
1 fat garlic clove
handful fresh parsley leaves
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 pinches dried chilli flakes, to taste
sea salt
Add 2 tablespoons salt to 2 litres water and bring to the boil in a large saucepan. Add the spaghetti and return to the boil quickly, then cook until al dente.

Finely chop the garlic and parsley together.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the garlic and parsley and fry for 1 minute, or until the garlic is softened but not colored. Add the chilli flakes and cook for 1 more minute.

Drain the spaghetti lightly, then add to the frying pan with the water still clinging to it. Mix to coat with the oil. Add a little extra cooking water if needed. Sprinkle the spaghetti with the parsley, toss, season with salt and serve.

Source: BBC

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Each serving provides 670 kcal, 28g fat (3.9g saturates), 72g carbohydrate (of which 7.9g sugars), 26g protein, 9.9g fibre, 4.6g salt. Learn more