Herbed Pasta

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Ingredients
  • Salt
  • ⅓ C extra virgin olive oil or more as needed
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 or 2 small dried red chiles or to taste, or hot red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • ½ C chopped nuts such as pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans.
  • ½ C fresh herbs – combination of basil, parsley, thyme, chives, rosemary etc.
  • 1 pound long, thin pasta, like linguine or spaghetti or any other pasta
  • ½ C grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Add pasta when it comes to a boil.
  • Heat the oil. When hot, add the nuts and cook, stirring frequently, until they start to toast and become fragrant, just a minute or two. Turn down the heat to medium -low and stir in the chiles, garlic and a large pinch of salt.
  • Let the garlic sizzle a bit, shaking the pan occasionally, just until it turns golden, about 3 minutes. Toss in the herb mixture (total of ½ -1 cup) The herb mixture may absorb all the oil so if it does add a little more oil when you toss it with the pasta or add in some of the pasta water.
  • Turn off the heat if the pasta isn’t ready.
  • Cook the pasta until it is tender but not mushy. When it is done, drain it, reserving a bit of the cooking water. Reheat the herb/garlic mixture briefly if necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning, toss with Parmesan cheese and serve – yum!
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it
  2. Add pasta when it comes to a boil
  3. Heat the oil
  4. When hot, add the nuts and cook, stirring frequently, until they start to toast and become fragrant, just a minute or two
  5. Turn down the heat to medium -low and stir in the chiles, garlic and a large pinch of salt
  6. Let the garlic sizzle a bit, shaking the pan occasionally, just until it turns golden, about 3 minutes. Toss in the herb mixture (total of ½ -1 cup)
  7. The herb mixture may absorb all the oil so if it does add a little more oil when you toss it with the pasta or add in some of the pasta water
  8. Turn off the heat if the pasta isn’t ready
  9. Cook the pasta until it is tender but not mushy
  10. When it is done, drain it, reserving a bit of the cooking water
  11. Reheat the herb/garlic mixture briefly if necessary
  12. Taste and adjust the seasoning, toss with Parmesan cheese and serve

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