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Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

20 minsServes 2Ingredients:250g dried spaghetti1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil12 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into thin slivers1 tbsp crushed chilli flakes1/2 cup parsley, chopped plus extra for garnish1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated½ tsp sea salt½ tsp ground black pepperJuice of 1 lemon50g butter½ cup dry white wine¼ cup pine nuts
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Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

Or Chef movie pasta with a twist
Serves 2| Ready in 20 mins
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Is there really anything better than a simple lemon pasta with crispy garlic in a velvety butter sauce? (a collective ‘no’ resounds from the entire internet) This posh twist on the cult movie classic, Chef is based from a dish called spaghetti aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) featuring minimal ingredients that just burst with flavour, and comes together in under 20 minutes!

Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

Any foodie who's watched this 2014 cult movie lost their mind when Scarlett Johansson slowly twirls perfectly cooked pasta around her fork and lets out an almost sensual sigh of enjoyment when she takes a bite.

I can tell you after making spaghetti aglio e olio again and again over the years, the contented, life-is-good sigh is the same every time. It’s genius is in its simplicity; garlic, butter, parsley, chilli, lemon and parmesan lovingly melded around perfectly cooked spaghetti.

The addition of white wine and pine nuts brings a bit of a posh twist, and is welcomed by this very un-posh girl. It’s so delicious and easy to make, try it and it’ll be on your weekly rotation. You can make this your own by switching up the herbs, add in some seafood, yada yada yada - you get it.

The key to making a really good simple pasta is to use quality ingredients, get the seasoning right and of course, timing. Use good quality olive oil and the best parmesan you can get your hands on.

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What you need to make Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

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Dried spaghetti
The perfect pasta for this dish but you could use linguine as well
Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic
Flavour centre for this dish
Chilli or red pepper flakes
To spice things up
Parsley
For a hit of freshness
Parmesan cheese
Good quality is what you want. It should be kind of fruity, nutty and a bit tangy to smell and taste
Sea salt and black pepper
Or flavour shakers is I like to call them
Lemon
To balance the garlic and butter
Butter
To make the sauce velvety
Dry white wine
The posh twist. Go for a crisp, dry white like a good Sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio
Pine nuts
For extra flavour complexity and added texture

How to make Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti cooking
1. Cook the spaghetti

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the spaghetti, cooking until al dente 8-10 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta water, then drain pasta.

Pine nuts and garlic frying
2. Toast pine nuts and garlic

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add pine nuts, cook for 30 seconds, then add sliced garlic and stir frequently until wonderfully golden brown.

Butter melting into a sauce
3. Add sauce ingredients

Scoop out half of the garlic and pine nuts, set aside on paper towel. Add wine, chilli flakes, butter, parsley salt and pepper to the pan.

Adding cooked spaghetti to a sauce
4. Add cooked spaghetti

Add the drained spaghetti directly to the pan and squeeze over lemon juice. Toss until spaghetti is thoroughly coated with the sauce (add reserved pasta water if necessary).

Parmesan cheese grated over spaghetti
5. Add parmesan cheese

Remove the pan from heat. Add the parmesan and toss well. Check for flavor and adjust the salt if or lemon if necessary.

Plate of spaghetti with crispy garlic and parsley
6. Serve and garnish

Serve onto plates and garnish with remaining garlic, pine nuts, a little more parmesan and parsley, enjoy!

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Frequently asked questions & tips for Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

What other ways can I spin Aglio e Olio?
You could add prawns, chicken, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, a home made pesto, the options are endless. Because it’s so simple, it’s a fantastic base for all kinds of fun feature ingredients.
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Posh Pasta Aglio e Olio

Cook Time
15 mins
Prep Time
5 mins
Serves
2
Is there really anything better than a simple lemon pasta with crispy garlic in a velvety butter sauce? (a collective ‘no’ resounds from the entire internet) This posh twist on the cult movie classic, Chef is based from a dish called spaghetti aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) featuring minimal ingredients that just burst with flavour, and comes together in under 20 minutes!
  • 250g dried spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into thin slivers
  • 1 tbsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped plus extra for garnish
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 50g butter
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
Category - Main Dishes
Cuisine - Italian inspired
Skill Level - Super easy
Other categories -
Pasta, Dinner, Main Dishes, Weeknight meals, Vegetarian
Nutritional information
Calories 1396.5 kcal51%
Carbohydrates 107.9 g36%
Sodium 1098.3 mg48%
Magnesium 142.2 mg36%
Protein 27.1 g54%
Sugar 5.7 g6%
Calcium 308.2 mg31%
Vitamin A 64%
Fat 92.8 g76%
Fiber 7.1 g28%
Iron 5.2 mg27%
Vitamin C 38%

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