Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aglio e Olio: Easiest Pasta for Beginner Cook!

Aglio e Olio pasta served without parsley


I love going to Dome for their Spicy Olio pasta. It's one light pasta that is not so filling and is definitely low in calories, perfect for dieters out there. And best of all, it's easy and quick to prepare! Thanks to the internet, I finally found a way to eat-in rather than spending over RM20 for a decent pasta.

INGREDIENTS:



1. Fettuccine pasta. You can choose between
  • Rolled type: I prefer this cos I like it's easier to boil.
  • Straight type. Also comes with healthier, spinach version.
  • Spaghetti is also acceptable.
2. Chili flakes (I'm using Domino's left over chili flakes) or dried chili.

3. Parsley. Any parsley will do. If you like it to taste more italian, go for Italian Parsley, otherwise Chinese parsley will do.

4. Garlic. For 2-3 servings, I'm using about 2 big garlic cloves.
5. Beef bacon or Beef Breakfast Streak (I'm using this. Can be found in most major groceries store like Jusco, Carrefour, Cold Storage and many more.)
6. Olive oil (I'm using EVOO: extra virgin olive oil)
7. Ground black pepper
8. Salt
9. Cheese (optional). You can use either grated Pecorino Romano cheese, Parmesan or what I love to use cheese singles :D


All ingredients READY?! Okay, let's start.

Boil water. I boil my water in the electronic kettle (faster way) and once its boiled, I just pour it in the boiling pan. Make sure the pan is not hot, otherwise expect exploding bubbles. Dunk in all the pasta when the water is bubbling and splash 2-3 drops of olive oil. Once the pasta ready, strain the pasta!


Cooking is all about multi tasking so during the boiling process, have all the raw ingredients ready and chopped from garlic, parsley and the beef streak. I like my garlic chopped in mini dice so the after effect of the smell won't be that bad or some won't easily get stuck in between the teeth.

Get a wok on the stove and pour in some olive oil. The amount of oil should be just enough to moisten up the pasta, shouldn't be put too much! Put the fire on medium heat cos you don't want to burn the garlic or else, your whole pasta will be bitter. In less than one minute, sautéed the garlic till it's golden light brown (don't let it burn!). Then add in the chili and the beef.


We're almost there. Turn off the fire and transfer the boiled pasta to the wok. If you keep the wok fire on, then you'll have a crunchy pasta - and you don't want that! Mix the sauce and pasta evenly preferably using wooden spatula. Dash a few salt and pepper. Do test it in between so you get too overboard. Throw cheese, and if you're using the cheese singles, do chop/tear it in bits. Last but not least, don't forget the greens - parsley.

YAY, you're done. If you want more visual, check out this video below. Comes with beautiful Italian groove to get you into the mood! :D Bon apetit!



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