Hi guys .
Today I am a little bit nervous because I'm gonna make for you spaghetti .
This is a classic Italian recipe , and the reason I'm nervous is because one of my other Italian recipes or I don't know if I can call it an Italian recipe caused a lot of consternation for a lot of Italians .
I'll leave a link for it just here .
But anyway , we're talking about one of the easiest Italian pasta recipes you will ever make .
It starts off in a pot with some spaghetti .
Now , spaghetti that basically means garlic and olive oil so you can't take many more ingredients than that .
But it does Start off with some good quality spaghetti straight into the pot .
Just push down your pasta and make sure that it all gets nicely coated in that boiling water .
It is important to make sure that you have salted boiling water , which I have right here .
This is going to cook away for about 9 to 10 to 11 minutes .
You want dente pasta .
This is essential for this recipe , so we have our pasta cooking away .
I'm going to slice up some garlic , and for this recipe you just want to slice your garlic .
Nice and thin garlic has a tendency to burn in hot oil , so we're going to start this in a low pan .
OK , we have a heck load of garlic , so now it's time to fry it up .
We've got a dry , cold frying pan , and I'm just going to put the heat on and quite a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil here now , normally with extra virgin olive oil .
I would only use it if I was making a salad dressing , because if you cook it like this , it actually burns off some of the flavour .
But because this is the only good element of this recipe , I am using the best quality olive oil I can get my hands on .
So about 5 to 6 tablespoons going on in here , and then we're going to add in our garlic , and now you'll notice it's going into some cold olive oil .
The trick here is to make sure that you slowly infuse that olive oil with all that great garlic flavour .
So if you add it and it's quite hot , it'll just burn the garlic , so you want to bring it slowly to temperature , and you're looking for a nice golden brown colour on your garden .
Now , while that's coming up to a nice simmering point and it's going golden brown , we're going to chop up some flat leaf parsley .
You don't have to add this in here , but I do think in a very simple and plain dish like this , a bit of fresh aromatics like flat leaf parsley will make all the difference .
And actually , that's starting to simmer too much .
So I'm just going to turn down the heat right down to its lowest setting and let it slowly come to temperature .
Give your flat leaf parsley a nice rough chop , so we've got the Parsi , and then , finally a little bit of red chilli flakes .
These are essential if you want that little bit of heat that bit of bite to this pasta recipe .
So only a pinch of that going in with our garlic , which is nicely coming to temperature .
I don't add them earlier than this because otherwise they can go a little bit bitter and they can burn just like the garlic can if you're not very gentle with it .
So this is looking pretty good .
I'm going to reserve some of that pasta water .
Take a generous jug full of that going on there .
I'm gonna grab up my pasta , and it's time now to drain it so straight into a colander and straight back into the pot looking good .
And now we need to toss through all these great ingredients .
So pull back that parsley .
We need to get our oil straight in there .
I know it looks like a lot , but you know what ?
This is so much flavour in here and with your pasta .
This is instant spaghetti success so straight in there .
And then we're going to go in there with our parsley and in there with a generous grating of Parmesan cheese .
And now , at this point , it's about tossing this all together .
I've reserved that little bit of water if I need it .
But at this point , I'm just going to toss it through with all that oil and see how we're fixed .
Now , I would normally add a little bit of water , but I actually don't think I drained enough off , so it's actually got enough .
The only thing it does need at this point is a final little grating of Parmesan cheese .
It's coated quite nicely , but I think that last little hit of Parmesan just makes all the difference .
And then all you gotta do is give it that last little toss and serve it straight up .
Mm mm .
Just give me a minute , ma'am .
I don't know what to say because people think with simple recipes like this there there's not much point in making them .
But I promise you , you make this very simple spaghetti with garlic oil and chilli flakes , and it is instant success .
There is so much flavour going on in there .
The Parmesan cheese .
You've got the spiciness of those chilli flakes and that garlic has just gently infused that extra virgin olive oil and made all the difference to the coating of this pasta .
Beautiful al dente .
This is one I know you're going to give a go because it is just that easy .
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I hope I've done you proud , my Italian friends .
And until then , I will see you soon in spaghetti success .
I'm nervous even talking about this .
But today we are going to make spaghetti .