Here is a delicious pasta recipe. I'm not sure where we got it originally but it's been modified a bit over time by 2nd Man and we just love it.
It's called "Pasta Aglio e Olio"...or "Garlic and Olive Oil Pasta".
Bring a pot of water to a boil and add 1 lb of pasta, we used a hollow tube spaghetti called "bucatini". Once cooked, drain it and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
Sauté the garlic and red pepper in the olive oil for about 2 minutes, stirring often, just until the garlic turns golden. Don't overcook! Add a bit of the pasta water to create a sauce, simmer for a minute or two to let it thicken up a bit.
Add your hot, cooked, and drained pasta to the pan with the olive oil and garlic.
Remove from the heat, stir the pasta around in the "sauce" and add about half the chopped parsley. Stir it again and then just dish it up and serve.
Garnish with a bit more fresh parsley. We sprinkled ours with some freshly grated Parmesan but of course, that's optional. It's very good, especially with some lovely garlic bread on the side. No meat, no veggies, but oh so tasty!
1 lb spaghetti
1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil
1 head of garlic, about 8 cloves
1 tsp red chili flakes (to taste, more for hotter, less for milder)
1/4 cup minced Italian flat leaf parsley
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions with photos above