Garlic Pasta 


One of my all time favorite pasta dishes, Garlic Pasta. I’ve seen a bunch of varieties for it, because it is such a great and easy dish. It’s often called “Midnight Pasta,” because supposedly Italian chefs used to make this for themselves after they got done working at a restaurant late at night. I’ve also seen it called “Peasant Pasta,” because the ingredients are simple and it doesn’t take much time, so it’s likely peasants used to make a dish very similar to this one. I’ve combined several recipes to create a simple pasta that can be ready in 10 minutes!  

*** This recipe can easily be made gluten free (using gluten free noodles) or vegan (leave off the cheese). 

1 box of noodles (spaghetti works best, but any kind is fine)

6-8 cloves of garlic 

1/2 cup olive oil, plus more to serve

Salt

Pepper

Chili flakes 

Parmesan or goat cheese, to serve 

Prepare noodles according to package instructions in well salted water. Finely mince garlic. In a small frying pan, sauté olive oil and garlic on medium heat until the oil is bubbling. Be careful not to burn the garlic, so stir continuously. In a large bowl, mix cooled noodles, garlic mixture, and extra olive oil. Add salt, pepper, and chili flakes, to taste. Before serving, top with cheese. 
** Variation: to the finished pasta, you can add any of the following after mixing in the garlic mixture in the recipe above to add protein and vitamins! Here are some ideas:

* Bacon

* Prosciutto

* Fresh peas

* Cherry tomatoes

* Chopped ham

* Shredded chicken

* Sundried tomatoes 

* Capers 

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