Sunday, June 16 2024

A classic of our gastronomic tradition.

This pasta dish made with oil, garlic and chili pepper has been with us forever.

Who among us has never had a midnight spaghetti?

And what better solution than this.

A recipe with very few ingredients, simple, inexpensive and with a quick and very easy procedure, but which gives a truly excellent result.






• 1 pound spaghetti
• Salt
• 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 6 cloves of garlic, sliced
thinly (about 1 clove per
person, without the germ)
• Sliced and seeded fresh
red chili peppers to taste (or 1
teaspoon crushed red pepper
flakes if you don’t have fresh
• ½ cup reserved pasta water
• ½ cup chopped parsley




In a medium pot bring water to a boil, add salt to taste (it should taste almost as salty as the sea).

Add the pasta and cook it for 1 minute less than the suggested cooking time.

While the pasta is cooking add half of the olive oil and garlic to a large sauté pan.

On medium heat, cook the garlic until it gets very fragrant and translucent (making sure not to burn it).

Add the crushed red chili flakes to the pan and let them cook for 1 minute, then add a generous spoonful of pasta water. When al dente, strain the pasta and add it to the sauté pan right away.

Cook for another minute in the pan, then add the parsley and the rest of the extra virgin olive oil and give it a nice toss – a mantecatura – in the pan until everything is incorporated.

The water-sauce will be whipped with the extra virgin olive to create a perfect emulsion of oil, water, and starch.

Serve right away.

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