Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Garlic Spaghetti

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!


Garlic Spaghetti

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


  1. This is delicious! I paired it with Chicken Romano Yum!

    1. I'm so glad you tried this Jo Lynn! Your chicken romano sounds delicious. I'll have to make that soon.



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