Spaghetti et Aglio e Olio (Spaghetti with garlic and oil)
After Thanksgiving; after I have my one perfect sandwich from leftovers (I know; I sound like Joey from ‘Friends’ !) I start to crave really simple dishes for awhile. Salads, OK maybe another perfect sandwich but also simpler dishes, soups and pasta; including this most simple of pasta dishes.
My Grandmother’s Italian neighbors thought this dish significant of tough times when food had to be stretched to feed a family. I’ve always just loved it..for the simplicity and ease of preparation and sure; it’s OK that it doesn’t break the bank too!
Really, what could be simpler? Pasta, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. This is an extremely simple dish but if made well, it is simply divine. The secret to this dish is to infuse the olive oil with the garlic; beyond infused it’s called burned; so keep a close eye on that garlic!
Enjoy alone or with a salad and it’s also perfect as a side dish to almost any meal.
I’ve put together a list of my favorite dishes using Thanksgiving leftovers as well as some of the lighter fare I like to prepare after the splurge of the holidays. Enjoy!