Simple spaghetti recipe: garlic, oil and chili

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This simple spaghetti recipe is one of the easiest and most satisfying pasta dishes of all.

It is a favourite among Italian students because is quick, easy and perfect for hangovers!</p><p>But it's also popular among Italians of any age. You should aim to use the best quality oil available for this dish.

Ingredients for 4:

400 g. of spaghetti

60 ml. of extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

60 ml. chopped fresh parsley

Salt to taste

2 small dry chili peppers

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve (optional)


Drop the spaghetti into a large pan of rapidly boiling salted water.  In a large frying pan heat the oil and gently sauté the garlic with the dry chili, previously finely crushed.

Continue until the garlic it is barely golden. Do not let it brow or it will taste bitter. Stir in the parsley. Season with salt. Remove from the heat until the pasta is ready. Drain the pasta when it is barely “al dente”. Add it to the pan with the oil and garlic, and cook together for 3-4 minutes, stirring well to coat the spaghetti with the sauce. Serve immediately in a warmed serving bowl, with Parmesan, if desired.