Sunday, February 19, 2006

simple spaghetti

the easiest dinners can be the tastiest dinners. h loves a spaghetti dish i make using extra virgin olive oil (e.v.o.o.), finely chopped garlic, crushed red chilli flakes(lots of them!), chopped green olives, sweet pimientos and capers.

i fill a huge pot with water and bring it to boil while i begin to chop the garlic, green olives and sweet pimiento. i then pour a few glugs of oil in a large pan and get it going on medium heat. then i add the garlic and allow it to fry for a minute or so before throwing in the other ingredients - i just love the smell of garlic sizzling in olive oil. i then turn the heat on low and let all the flavours mix together. i add spaghetti to the boiling water and after ten minutes or so when it is cooked al dente, i drain and add to the olive oil mixture. last night i also made a side using oyster mushrooms and mange tout beans. i lightly sauteed the vegetables in e.v.o.o. and then add some truffle oil at the very end.

we drank an italian red wine called da luca from the taranto region in italy. the wine was a primitivo-merlot which is a wonderful combo of spicy flavours from primitivo grapes and chocolatey flavours from merlot grapes. these old world/new world wines are increasing in popularity in the states as well.


Blogger gs said...

evoo,garlic,red wine etc. etc,all contribute to good cholesterol.and there are other benefits as well.i give you full marks for turning out a wonderful dinner out of all the above stuff.

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