Pasta Aglio e Olio con Pancetta
This traditional garlic and oil pasta sauce originated in Naples, but is seen all throughout Italy. This dish is something I grew up with and ate at least once a week. What makes this pasta so delicious is a good quality olive oil, caramelized sweet garlic and salty pancetta. This simple dish is the perfect quick meal that is a sure crowd pleaser.
YIELD: MAKES ENOUGH FOR 1 POUND OF PASTA PREP TIME: 5 MIN
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
4 Cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
¼ lb Pancetta Finely Minced (optional)
1 Cup Salty Pasta Water
¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley (optional)
Salt and Pepper
1 Pound Pasta
A first generation Italian Canadian with a love for food and the Italian Lifestyle.