Pasta Spaghettini Aglio e Olio

Recipe credit: Frederike Lachance-Brulotte

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Translating to garlic and oil, this pasta Aglio e Olio is a widely popular dish, originating in the Campania region, that uses few simple, quality ingredients, and takes little time to prepare—just 15 minutes. Also known as “Scarlett’s pasta”, the dish’s ability to drum up passion is seen in the food-comedy-drama “Chef”, where Scarlett Johansson’s character, Molly, enjoys the plate as a midnight snack, made by her lover.

Best served with Ruffino Orvieto Classico

Taste profile: Pale straw colour and aromas of yellow berries, fresh pastry, citrus with spice and golden raisin notes. Dry, light to medium bodied with a smooth, clean and fresh palate, hints of light spice on the finish.

Ingredients 2 Number of Servings

½ box Barilla Spaghettini

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

¼ cup Italian parsley, finely chopped

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup pasta cooking water

Salt flower

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

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  • In a pan over low heat, add the olive oil, chopped garlic and a pinch of the salt flower. Sauté the garlic very gently for about 10 minutes, until soft. To prevent the garlic from browning and crystallizing, the heat should be set to low, and the oil should be simmering slightly.

  • While the garlic is being prepared, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Do not overcook the pasta, as it will continue to cook in the oil.
  • When the pasta is ready, using tongs and without draining the pasta, transfer the pasta to the oil and stir. Add the parsley and about ¼ cup of the cooking water to allow the starch in the water to form into a sauce.

  • Once the pasta is cooked and has absorbed the flavours of the oil and garlic, remove and serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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