Pasta With Garlic And Oil



  1. Bring a stockpot of water to a boil and salt it.
  2. Put the oil, garlic, red pepper, and a pinch of salt in a skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Cook until the garlic just turns golden but not brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and let the mixture sit.
  5. When the water boils, cook the pasta until it is tender but not mushy; start tasting after 5 minutes.
  6. When it's done, scoop out and reserve at least 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  7. Return the sauce to medium heat and stir once in a while until hot again.
  8. Add the pasta to the sauce in the skillet along with a splash of the cooking water and toss to coat, adding more oil or cooking water if necessary to create a slightly creamy sauce.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt or red pepper, then toss with the parsley and serve.