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Spaghetti Aglio E Olio With Shrimp and Garden Fresh Tomatoes


Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is "spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chili peppers"and is sometimes called "Midnight Pasta". The odds are, you have everything on hand to make this. All you need is spaghetti, olive oil, fresh garlic cloves, Parmesan Cheese and Italian Parsley. I added shrimp and garden fresh tomatoes, for more protein and color. Fast food, the Italian way. Delicious! This recipe is slightly adapted from Ina Garten's "How Easy is That?" cookbook.

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  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti, such as DeCecco
  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • Optional: 3-4 deveined large shrimp, per person
  • 1 cup Cherry or pear tomatoes
  • Zest of 1/2 fresh lemon; juice reserved


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Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold the pasta, such as a 12-inch saute pan or a large, shallow pot.

Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until it just begins to turn golden on the edges-don't overcook it!

Add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Carefully add the reserved pasta-cooking water to the garlic and oil and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about a third.

Optional: Cook the shrimp in a little olive oil, until it just turns pink-- 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside.

In the same pan, as the shrimp, add a little more olive oil and saute the tomatoes for 2-3 minutes.

Add the drained pasta to the garlic sauce and toss. Off the heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well. If using the tomatoes, add and toss into the pasta. OPTIONAL: Add the lemon zest and squeeze some lemon juice over the cooked shrimp.

Allow the pasta to rest off the heat for 5 minutes for the sauce to be absorbed. Taste for seasoning and serve warm with extra Parmesan on the side.


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