Want to know how to make some unbelievably easy garlic, chilli and parsley pasta?
This “recipe” (and I use the word recipe very loosely) has been a firm favourite of mine for a few years now. Ever since my step dad introduced it to me I’ve devoured it time and time again. It is so simple and easy to make yet full of flavour and utterly delicious. Everyone I’ve cooked this for has absolutely loved it so I thought I’d share it here on Raspberrykiss so that maybe someone else out there could get as much enjoyment out of it as I do.
- 100g of pasta (I opted for Penne)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of Very Lazy Red Chillies in White Wine Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of dried Parsley (fresh is however better)
- A pinch of table salt
- Sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Medium sized pan for both boiling the pasta and to use after for the other ingredients
- Colander to drain your pasta
- A grater/mincer for the garlic
- The obvious (measuring spoons/spoons to stir)
The first thing you want to do is boil your pasta and make sure it gets cooked before you do anything else. Depending on what pasta you use determines how long it’ll take to cook so check on your packet. I opted for Penne which took less than 10 minutes to cook but I find that Spaghetti is also a good pasta to use for this dish.
Once your pasta is done, get your colander and drain it. You don’t want to pop your pasta back in the pan at this point. What you want to do is set it aside in the colander to use later. Now you want to quickly wash your pan (unless you’re using another) Once done pop in a tablespoon of Olive Oil. Then what you want to do is grate, chop finely or mince your cloves garlic into the pan. I simply grated mine. You want to cook your garlic until slightly golden. Do be careful at this stage as I find garlic can burn easily and the last thing you want is bitter garlic pasta (yuck!)
Once your garlic is looking nice and your room is full of the beautiful aroma, pop in your Very Lazy Red Chillies. This bit is down to preference depending on how hot you like your food. I am a pretty big fan of spicy food and think the hotter the better however on this occasion I just wanted a mild bit of heat so I just went for a teaspoon. Do also be sure to try and get as little vinegar into the dish as possible as this really alters the taste and makes it pretty darn tangy. You want this to cook for just a few minutes.
Once all that is added it is now time for your parsley. I find this dish is much better with fresh parsley but when I went to get mine out of the fridge it had turned for the worst so I used dried parsley. I simply added a teaspoon and stirred it into the mixture. Oh just a heads up, if you are using fresh parsley, make sure you have a lid on your pan as it tends to spit out and pop. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, just throw in your pasta along with a dash of salt, mix and coat it evenly and then throw it in your bowl or onto your plate. A spot of Parmesan is a lovely addition to add but this is optional. Once complete, sit back, relax and tuck in!
What is your favourite pasta dish?