When it's too hot to spend much time in the kitchen, do what the Italians do…make something that is fast, simple, easy, and "molto squisito" very delicious! This classic Italian pasta goes together very quickly and is so easy on the budget. Mama Mia!
1-16 ounce package of spaghetti or spaghetti
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic (depending on size of cloves), thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
1 cup pasta water, plus more if needed
1 cup (8 ounces) Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
Italian parsley, for garnish, optional
Toasted garlic Italian or French bread, for passing
Serves 6 to 8.
Note: You can add more pasta water if you think the mixture is too dry.
Note: You can add homemade bacon bits or even grilled chicken breasts, cut into strips. You can also sprinkle the finish pasta with a few basil leaves and thyme if you want.