Friday, January 1, 2010

Pasta al Aglio e Olio

Nigel Reblochon cookery Video; Pasta al  Aglio e Olio

"After nearly 14 years in obscurity, legendary foodstylist, free-thinker and abrasive iconoclast Nigel Reblochon returns to show all the young TV-cooking show blokes what cooking is really all about".
In this video Nigel Reblochon shows us how to cook Pasta al Aglio i Olio (Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil). He uses a little chilli, fresh French Garlic and Greek Olive Oil in this recipe. I personally find it funny how he comments on the fact that he doesn't like the word pasta, and adds that if you are speaking English then it's called "Noodles" or "Spaghetti

Watch Cookery Video; Pasta al Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti all' aglio, olio e peperoncinoImage via Wikipedia
  • 350 grams of Spaghetti (thick spaghetti or vermicelli is better)
  • 10 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and smashed a little with the side of the knife
  •  hot chilli pepper (if desired)
  • fresh parsely
  • salt
Although Pasta al aglio e olio is an extremely simple and fast dish to make, it is simply delicious and great to serve as a first dish at parties - i suggest a little italian salad with radicchio and lollo rosso, some blue cheese/goats cheese and green grapes (or apple) to balance out the oiliness and give fibre to help the digestion. As alternative methods, you could try adding tomatoes and black olives, or some shrimps. Another way of making this dish really fine tasting is to add Porcini mushrooms and capers, with a dash of white wine, and sprinkle some black pepper on the top. Serve with a sprig of fresh basil.

  • Brown the garlic and hot pepper in olive oil, add salt.
  • wash and mince the parsely and keep it aside
  • cook the spaghetti in hot salted water, drain them and add them to the oil and garlic mixture
  • saute'
  • add the minced parsely and serve hot!

Abd here is a video of how to make Pasta al aglio e olio froma real Italian Mamma (Mary) - this is a really easy to understand video as well as an authentic method in true Italo-American style. Mary uses angel hair pasta ( an extremely thin noodle). I give this video five stars

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