11:44 | Posted by Nim Headland | Category

Spaghetti Aglio-Olio

I'm sure I'm not the only one budgeting hard ready for Christmas this year. Missing out on tasty food is the hardest thing for me when it comes to that very lean week before pay day (that and trying to rein in my exceedingly expensive food magazine habit). Therefore, I am always pleased to find recipes that cost pennies, but don't leave me feeling like I'm missing out. I'm sorry to say it, but beans on toast for a week can be a little depressing, not to mention anti-social!

This is a classic Italian recipe, made entirely from store cupboard ingredients, and it's still super tasty. Serve with a simple green salad to avoid rickets. You can make a huge batch of this for under a fiver, invite round some friends (ask them to bring the wine) and suddenly, it doesn't matter that you're a bit skint after all.

For two:

300g spaghetti
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (the best one you have in the house)
2 cloves of minced garlic
Dried chilli flakes, to taste
Fresh parsley or basil, finely chopped
Romano cheese, to serve (Romano is a cheaper version of Parmasan, but by all means use Parmasan if you have it in the house!)

Cook the spaghetti in lots of boiling, well salted water according to the packet instructions.

Heat a large pan on a medium heat and heat the oil, before adding the garlic, chilli flakes and salt and pepper. Saute for two minutes until the garlic is fragrant and starting to change colour.

Drain the pasta and chuck it in the garlic pan, add the chopped fresh herbs and stir really well until the pasta is coated in the gorgeously flavourful oil. Serve, with a generous sprinkling of cheese. Delish.


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