Garlic, Olive Oil, and Crushed Red Pepper Pasta

I LOVE Secret Recipe Club reveal days – they definitely make Mondays way more fun than they usually are. I missed out on participating last month, so I’m extra excited to be back in it for the month of March. This month I was assigned Authentic Suburban Gourmet, which is quickly turning into one of my new favorite food blogs. It’s written by Lisa, who lives in the Bay Area with her husband and a few of the cutest dogs ever (seriously, they are so cute!). I was especially blown away by her appetizer recipes, and I’ve added her Gooey White Cheddar Bacon Crostini, Roasted Shallot Dip, and Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs to my list of things to make for football season this year (only 6 months to go!).

Since we’re in our temporary apartment, without anything but the most basic cooking utensils, while our house is (still!) being put back together after the flood, I decided to make something extra easy from Lisa’s site. When I saw Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Red Chili Flakes, I knew it would be the perfect thing to make. This is an easy recipe (and you probably already have everything on hand to make it!), but its flavor is anything but simple. I loved the strong hits of garlic and the spice from the red pepper flakes, and of course anything with Parmesan cheese is delicious. This is the ultimate weeknight meal: easy, quick to make, and full of flavor. Add it to your dinner meal rotation, and you won’t be sorry.

Printable Recipe
Serves 2 (I halved Lisa’s original recipe)

1/2 pound spaghetti
1/4 cup olive oil
5 cloves garlic
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Boil water for the pasta and cook according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, chop the garlic.

When the pasta is about halfway done, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add in the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook until the garlic is fragrant and slightly brown, or 3-5 minutes.

When the pasta is al dente, reserve 1/8 cup pasta water and drain. Add the pasta and water to the skillet, and stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Divide the pasta between two bowls and top with the remaining cheese. Drizzle with additional olive oil, if desired.

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Adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet

  • Amberly
    March 16, 2015

    Yum!! If I wasn’t eating lower carb, I would be adding this to my meal plan for the next couple of weeks.

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    March 16, 2015

    Simple but oh so delicious! Sometimes I tend to forget that the nummiest things don’t have to have 10,000 ingredients. LOVE garlic and crushed red pepper! Perfect!

  • Juie Mogler
    March 16, 2015

    I had your blog this month for SRC, enjoyed reading all about you and discovering your recipes! Loved the Goat Cheese Mac N Cheese.

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}
    March 16, 2015

    So glad that you enjoyed my blog! I too love my little doggies – Marty and Stewart! You picked a great yet simple recipe that is one of my favorites. You reminded me that I need to make this really soon. Look forward to checking out your blog soon!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly
    March 16, 2015

    I’m Italian American so this is my kind of comfort food – simple pasta with fresh flavors!

  • Nadine
    March 16, 2015

    That just looks delicious!!! Sometimes you just need a good pasta dish, ya know?! Happy Monday!

  • Jane, The Heritage Cook
    March 16, 2015

    The Artist loves his pasta, the simpler the better to suit his Italian roots. I would eat this all day long and for dinner too 😉

  • Margaret
    March 18, 2015

    The simpler the pasta, the fewer the ingredients, the better it tastes. Love the looks of this one!!

  • Naomi Teeter
    March 20, 2015

    Love this oh-so-simple pasta recipe! I need to try it with gluten-free pasta soon!

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