It’s recipe redux time and this month’s theme is to make something that you ate when you were traveling. Well, this one was pretty darn simple. I’ve eaten at a lot of places. Maybe that should make it hard.
As soon as I saw the theme, I knew what I would make. There was a pizzeria that we went to all the time when we lived in Germany. Call it, the fall back restaurant. Whenever we needed a place to eat out, we would go there.
When we lived in our German house, this restaurant sat at the end of a walking path from our house. When I think about that time, it makes me sad. As much as I don’t regret moving houses when we lived in Germany, I did love the area that surrounded our house. The trails, the horses, the apple trees, cherry trees, and plum trees and the restaurant at the end of the path – I miss that a little.
However, I can close my eyes and still remember how many of the dishes taste. When I told my kids that I was making this for dinner, they were elated. Then the other requests from the menu started coming – especially the shrimp scampi pizza. I guess we will save that one for another day.
I don’t know why we loved this one so much, probably because of its simplicity. Simple flavors can often yield big taste. Never disregard the health benefits of ingredients that are usually in the background. Garlic and herbs hold big antioxidant power. They are the standouts in this pasta.
Minimal ingredients make it a breeze to make and it pairs with everything.
The perfect dish for a warm summer night.
- 8 oz angel hair pasta
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 large cloves of garlic, grated
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Fresh grated parmesan (optional - some say it's not traditional)
- Cook pasta according to package directions
- In a medium skillet, add 2 Tablespoon olive oil over medium heat
- Grate garlic with a fine cheese grater or garlic press and add to olive oil
- Allow to saute for 1 minute
- Add cooked pasta to olive oil and garlic
- Add herbs, salt, and red pepper flakes
- Combine to coat the pasta
- Serve warm and top with cheese, if desired