I’ve posted this recipe before, and we’re all pretty familiar with Aglio Olio and how it tastes. Yesterday, for a friend’s housewarming party, I made some with fusilli, as opposed to the conventional spaghetti. I guess the key really is about garlic-olive oil mixture and getting it right. Once you’ve got the seasoning right, any pasta works in this crowd-pleaser.
Here’s what makes up that awesome garlic flavour:
- garlic, minced
- red chilli, minced
- basil leaves, minced
- dried basil leaves
- dried oregano leaves
- fresh parsley, minced
- freshly ground black pepper
- crushed sea salt
- olive oil
- shaved parmesan
A winner. (:
I slept in today and was inexplicably lazy to get food. This was sort of a suggestion from a friend this morning, and it came at the perfect time.
It’s a segment off Nigella Bites, so watch it here, from 0:45 onwards. Saves me the trouble of attempting to transcribe the goddess’ every word.
Here’s about what you’ll need:
- a single serving of long pasta, depending on how much you can slurp at a go
- two egg yolks
- 70g of parmesan, or as much as you want
- 100ml of cream, or just enough to make the sauce perfectly creamy
- zest of half a lemon
- juice of half a lemon
- 50g of butter
I made a few changes and came up with this; I can’t do without my meat. Plus, the peas added a lovely burst of sweetness in every bite. (;
Remember Pasta Promotion?
Well, I am now proud to present to you, Pasta Evolution.
So what is it?
It’s Aglio Olio made with Chicken Oil
Yes, it’s exactly the same as your usual dry parmesan, garlic, basil, oregano and parsley spaghetti, except that you use the oil rendered from Very Succulent Braised Chicken Portions instead of olive oil.
Try it now or regret forever.
There are a couple of things that are absolutely necessary in a couscous dish, especially if you’re making one ‘cos you crave the rich flavour of the brilliant Mediterranean. Oregano and Cumin are essential. Unfortunately, I had a craving and had no cumin powder of any sort. But here are the ingredients I used to satisfy the craving as best as I could:
- Onions, preferably red.
- Mushrooms, just because.
- Balsamic vinegar, for ZING.
- Garlic, for wholesomeness.
- Parsley, for healthy colour.
- Oregano, essential.
- Sage, as a pathetic substitute for Cumin.
- Tomato puree, for lush redness.
Roasted root vegetables like aubergines or cucumbers would’ve been lovely. Bell peppers even. But I really had to make do with what I had in the fridge and great thing I had Asparagus and Greek Feta to save the day.
I remember the first time I ordered Aglio Olio. I was a young student then and pocket money was well, just pocket money. So pompous Bolognese and obnoxious Carbonara sitting on the menu had to take the back seat. Since then, I’d always thought of Aglio Olio as the humble, poor man’s pasta.
Most definitely, things change when you’ve got money. But hey, things also change when you can make your own food. Aglio Olio isn’t the same anymore; look who’s come out to play with the big boys now.
When I was away in Greece for eleven days, someone had to look after my plant. Yes, it’s just ONE plant and his name’s Mr Coriander. So I got Joanna to look after him for me. She did a swell job and I wanted to thank her. And what better way was there than to cook for her. This eventually led to a Sunday dinner with five other people, and this was the menu for the night:
Mini Yorkies with Beef Gravy
Apple Crumble (Courtesy of Joanna & Gang)
I’m not gonna feature the entire dinner here but instead, I want to highlight the Aglio Olio which happened to be quite a hit for the night. Thank goodness I did a trial run in the afternoon prior to the dinner:
Simplest of recipes and extremely fun too: garlic, parsley, dried chillies, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil and parmesan. Everything goes into a saucepan, together with spaghetti cooked until al dente.
Try it today! (: