O Foods Recipe: Spaghetti AgliO OliO e PeperoncinO

I had lots of ideas for what my O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Contest recipe would be, but in the end, none was better than one of our standby favorites that is just *laden* with O’s.

Spaghetti AgliO OliO e PeperoncinO

Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino on Flickr

  • Spaghetti for two people
  • Water for pasta
  • A few tablespoons of oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and slightly crushed
  • 1 hot pepper, chopped, or hot pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: bread crumbs, chopped parsley and/or grated cheese

1. Put water for pasta on to boil.

2. Prepare garlic and pepper.

3. Once the water is boiling, add salt and pasta; remove when al dente.

4. In the meantime, just a few minutes before the pasta will be ready, heat oil on medium and then add the garlic, hot pepper, and salt to taste. Just let the garlic get a little brown, but be careful so it doesn’t burn.

5. Remove the garlic, add the pasta to the pan, and toss well together, leaving it all over the heat for about a minute as you mix.

6. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, parsley and/or grated cheese, allowing it to blend together a bit more before removing from heat.

7. Serve hot.

Buon appetito!

You still have until Monday, 28 September 2009 to get your O Food recipes in! Find out all the info on the contest here–which includes the text you need to include in your post to be eligible for prizes.

12 Beans of Wisdom to “O Foods Recipe: Spaghetti AgliO OliO e PeperoncinO”
  1. 09.23.2009

    Marina (my 11 year old) loves this pasta when she doesn’t want the “red sauce” as she calls it!

    Hah, I’m with Marina!

    .-= lucy´s last blog .. =-.

  2. 09.23.2009

    That looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it.


    .-= Devon Ellington´s last blog ..Wednesday, September 23, 2009 =-.

  3. I always add the parsley and parmesan/grana, and I really should start adding toasted breadcrumbs every time, because they’re so dang tasty.

    This is also an easy recipe to jazz up with bacon bits (meat or vegetarian), cubed chicken, tofu or tempeh. Cook the meat/meat substitute first and then brown with the garlic, hot pepper and salt.

    Another addition I like is greens like broccoli rabe or spinach. Wilt them in the pan with the garlic oil, then mix with the pasta.

    I also like to add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream just before serving—it’s unorthodox, but it combines with the olive oil and cheese to make a buttery, creamy sauce.

    Now I want pasta all’aglio e olio. OM NOM NOM NOM

    Oh the cream is just decadent; P would never go for it, but I’d love it! And yes, this is a great base for just about any veggie thrown in…even seafood actually. YUM!

    .-= Sean @ Alone and Unobserved´s last blog ..Dial it down, son. =-.

  4. 09.24.2009

    Sounds delicious! I am working on an o food entry. 🙂

    Yay! Can’t wait to see it Aimee!

    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Fall is in the air! =-.

  5. Mmm looks really delicious! 😀 My dad will really love this! Can’t wait to try this one ^_^

    Hope you both enjoy!

  6. 09.24.2009

    My husband and I love this dish…My friend Pat in Sicily sent me a packet that mix in with your pasta…delicious!

    I haven’t ever tried those packets, but they look great!

    .-= anne´s last blog ..Surprises ……. =-.

  7. 09.24.2009

    Sounds like a tasty recipe! My mom use to make a similar recipe on the Feast of St. Joseph’s, no pepper but with bread crumbs. I’ll have to ask some relative for the recipe.

    Hope you can recreate it, Rosina!

  8. 09.24.2009

    A delicious way of preparing spaghetti!



    And so very, very easy 🙂

  9. 09.26.2009

    …don’t forget a few anchovies for us alici lovers 🙂


  10. 09.27.2009

    So easy and so tasty! Even though pasta is pretty expensive here in Kuching, we just have to bite the bullet and make it. Chinese noodles may be tasty but we gotsta have our spaghetti!

    Sorry, but I think we’re gonna miss the deadline for the O foods roundup.

    No worries, Nate; just be sure to come back on Wednesday the 29th for the roundups!
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..Stop, Blog Thief! =-.

  11. 09.28.2009

    This is one of my all-time faves! And garlic and hot peppers are both good for preventing cancer. 😉 Thanks again for doing all of this!

    Thank YOU Jen!

    .-= jen of a2eatwrite´s last blog ..“O” Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: TomatO, TomatillO, Onion and Pepper Stew =-.

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