Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Chili Pepper Flakes

This simple traditional Italian dish packs a lot of flavor with just a few ingredients — make sure to use the best possible extra virgin olive oil and quality pasta. Be sure not to overcook the pasta — it’s best al dente. The ingredient amounts in this recipe can be adjusted to suit your personal taste preferences — such as a little more garlic, less pepper flakes.

INGREDIENTS:

14-16 ounces spaghetti
6 garlic cloves, very finely minced
3 teaspoons chili pepper flakes
1/2 – 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (the fresher the better)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

METHOD:

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, until it is al dente. DO NOT OVERCOOK.

Drain pasta and place in a large, pre-warmed serving dish.

Add minced garlic, chili pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toss together until pasta is evenly coated.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

YIELD: Serves 4 – 6