Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Let's face it. I don't think that side dishes get the attention that they deserve.
I mean, they aren't the main attraction for day to day meals. More of an after thought on what to serve on the side. At least at my house, I tend to throw my side dishes together. I do try to compliment my main dish in theme or flavor though but I tend to rotate the same dishes.
Today's recipe is not your ho-hum side dish. This Garlic Spaghetti will knock your socks off!
The flavors, the simplicity, the ease of cooking this dish! Oh my! (need I say more?)
A few days ago I posted a recipe for Chicken Pomodoro. It's a wonderful Italian style chicken dish that I found in a Cuisine at Home magazine (which I love!). Along with this chicken dish they suggested this simple side dish of pasta laced with garlic and a little lemon. It sounded like the perfect accompaniment since it didn't have a sauce but a light coating of flavor infused olive oil.
I thought that this would keep the whole dish light, and I was right. The pasta was just lightly coated and was perfect as a side dish. You could even turn this into a main dish by adding some grilled lemon or garlic chicken cut in small pieces. It's heaven either way.
Simple to make, but BIG on flavor!
Give this dish a try with or without the Chicken Pomodoro. It will soon become one of your favorite ways to dress pasta!
Ricotta salata is a salty, mild-flavored cheese with a crumbly texture similar to feta.
Makes: 4 servings; Total time: 25 minutes
8 oz. dry spaghetti
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. minced lemon zest
Salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
1⁄2 cup crumbled ricotta salata
Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1⁄2 cup pasta water; drain remaining water.
Heat oil in same pot over medium-high. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in pasta water, parsley, zest, and spaghetti; toss to coat. Season spaghetti with salt, black pepper, and pepper flakes, then stir in ricotta salata.
source: Cuisine at Home.com