Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This is a classic Italian recipe that perfectly showcases each strand of spaghetti.  The sauce is super easy, but incredibly flavorful.  Since there are so few components to the dish, use the best quality ingredients you have on hand.  You will really be able to taste each of them!  Truly classic garlic and oil pasta would not include arugula, but I like the color and pepperiness that they add to the plate.  Reserving the pasta water to add back to the sauce makes a silky sauce with the perfect amount of salt.  A simple, easy, delicious and fast weeknight meal.  Vegan without trying.  Buon appetito! -Amanda

 

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Serves 4-6

1 pound spaghetti

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound arugula leaves

reserved pasta water

red chile flakes

fresh cracked black pepper

 

Directions

1.  Boil pasta according to package instructions.  Drain and reserve pasta water.

2.  In a large pot, add minced garlic and red chile flakes to 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.  Cook over low heat until the garlic is barely cooked.

3.  Toss in the pasta and arugula.  Allow the arugula to wilt down.  Add the reserved pasta, 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy sauce is formed.

4.  Turn off the heat and drizzle in the remaining 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

5.  Serve with fresh cracked black pepper.

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