Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil and Red Pepper Flakes


1 pound dried spaghetti
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, plus more if desired
1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves


In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta
and cook until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain pasta in a
colander, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta water. The reserved
pasta water will help create the sauce. Do not rinse pasta with water
-- you want to retain the pasta's natural starches so that the sauce
will stick.

In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic
and saute until light brown and fragrant. It's important not too burn
the garlic or else it will become bitter. Remove and discard the
browned garlic. Add the red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.
Carefully add the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Place the
spaghetti into the pan and mix well for 1 minute.

Remove pan from heat and top with fresh herbs.

From: Food network

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