Fire in the pasta!
I love pasta. Even though we don’t eat it often. When I do, I want my pasta simple with a lot of flavor.
I saw Giada do this on Everyday Italian a couple of years ago and knew instantly that it would meet our criteria of simple and spicy.
This dish is great served on it’s own or as a side dish to any meal. We love it with my husbands grilled salmon that we do with olive oil, lemon pepper and lots and lots of dill weed. He smokes this over a wood fire and is delicious along side this pasta or vise versa the pasta as a side with the salmon. It’s hard to decide who is the star of the plate.
My other favorite to serve with this combo is Giadas Italian chopped salad which has white beans, romaine, sun-dried tomatoes and radicchio. I will be posting that recipe soon because I think it will become one of your favorites.
Firey Angel Hair Pasta
1 lb. angel hair pasta
1/2 c. chili oil, recipe follows
1/2 c. chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves (or more)
1 lemon juiced
2 Tbsp. lemon zest
coarse sea salt
dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest, optional
2/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 6-8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Stir the oil, parsley, lemon juice and the 2 tablespoons lemon zest in a large serving bowl. Add the cooked pasta and toss with enough reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and red pepper flakes, to taste. Sprinkle grated lemon peel over pasta for extra flavor and texture. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve.
2 c. olive oil
4 tsp.dried crushed red pepper flakes
Combine the oil and the crushed red pepper flakes in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat until a thermometer inserted into the oil registers 180°, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Transfer the oil and pepper flakes to a bottle. Seal the lid. Refrigerate up to 1 month.
*Note: for this recipe I just make 1/4 this recipe.