Classic spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli

Classic spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chilli

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino

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Serves
4
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Laura Edwards

This is the best-known gastronomical fast food, which can be enjoyed at any time of the day, even as a midnight feast, when you feel peckish. You can add an anchovy flavour if you like, using either anchovy fillets in oil or a salted anchovy sauce sold as colatura (and probably very similar to the Ancient Roman fish sauce, garum). Considered to be an aphrodisiac, this dish is known all over Italy.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
450g dried medium-sized spaghetti pasta
salt

Sauce

Quantity Ingredient
60ml olive oil
6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 fresh hot red chilli, chopped
4 anchovy fillets in oil
or 1 teaspoon colatura, (optional)

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water for 5–6 minutes or until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the garlic and chilli gently, without letting them brown. At this point you could add the anchovies and let them dissolve in the oil, or add the colatura. This sauce doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to prepare.
  3. Lift the cooked pasta from the water, using pasta tongs, and mix directly with the sauce. I wouldn’t choose to use herbs or cheese here, but you can, only if you really insist.
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