…but it’s usually pretty warm in the kitchen, especially when you’re cooking up some delicious pasta. One of my go to dinners is called Pasta Alio Olio, or Pasta with Garlic and Oil. Traditionally this meal is made of only a few ingredients, which makes it unbelievably EASY and CHEAP! Just grab your favorite pasta (I always use The Pasta Shoppes Homemade Pasta, which we sell at the bakery) some Garlic and Olive Oil. Simple, right? In this recipe I’m going to add a few extras, but feel free to leave them out, or add your own favorites. This is such a yummy and versatile meal and loved by all. (Even Asher gives it a thumbs up!)
1 lb Pasta (I use the Pasta Shoppes, available at East Side Bakery. The great thing is that you can use any kind of pasta, from Angel Hair to Rigatoni, you really can’t go wrong!)
Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
Garlic Bulb, Cloves Chopped
Long Green Italian Hot Peppers (Chopped and seeds removed, unless you like it really spicy!)
1 Red Bell Pepper (Sliced Thin)
2 Bunches of Broccoli (Steamed)
1/2 Cup Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Cook your pasta and set aside. It’s all right to do this step ahead of time because you add the pasta to the sauté pan to reheat when the sauce is done.
In a large pan, on a medium heat, add enough Olive oil to coat the bottom. Add your chopped Garlic, being careful not to let it burn.
Once the garlic is in you can add the chopped hot peppers. This will be the base of your “sauce”, and is where the yummy flavors will start to develop.
Next you add the sliced Red Bell Pepper and the Steamed Broccoli. Steaming the Broccoli is great because it really cuts down on cooking time. (I steam it in the microwave, in a bowl with just a little bit of water in it, works perfectly and takes only a few minutes!)
Now, with all the ingredients in the pan, let them Sauté until cooked through, this should be about 5-8 minutes. Add your pasta to the pan and toss everything together. At this point, you can add more Olive Oil if it seems to be a bit dry, I also add the Pecorino Romano while it’s all in the pan. Serve with a yummy Green Salad and Delicious Italian Bread, from East Side Bakery of course!!