I whipped this up when I wanted to have pasta for lunch and didn’t really have a lot of ingredients on hand. This is one of the easiest and simplest pasta dish you can make. You will only need dried pasta, garlic and good quality olive oil.

This recipe is for good for one serving.


First, cook your pasta according to package directions. I used this guide to measure the portion of a single serve pasta. Don’t forget to salt your water and set aside 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.

Thinly slice 2 cloves of garlic. Take a skillet and place 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and cook your garlic over low heat. It should just gently sizzle while cooking. Then add a pinch of red pepper flakes and a pinch of kosher salt. It is done when the outside edges of the garlic is starting to brown. Add 2 tablespoon of pasta water so that the garlic would stop cooking and prevent it from burning. Let it cook for a bit then add your cooked pasta and the rest of the reserved water. Stir and shake the pan until the sauce thickens creating an emulsion. Add a handful of chopped parsley (optional), toss and stir and serve immediately.

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