Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil and Tomato and Onion Salad

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You will impress the people you cook for when you serve them this dish. It has everything you could ever want:
– It’s fast – cooks in about the time it takes to get the water boiling and cook the spaghetti
– It’s cheap – who doesn’t like that?
– The flavors are perfect together, like a symphony

I took the recipe from Rachael Ray, but she does say she didn’t make it up. It’s a classic and with good reason. She calls it Spaghetti con Aglio e Olio, but since I’m kind of lazy, I just say it in English.

I do admit to being afraid of anchovies before I made this recipe. (Don’t leave me now! Hang in there, it will be okay!) I’d never bought them or eaten them, but Rachael promises that they don’t taste like fish when they’re cooked up in this recipe – and she’s right! They are outstanding. Don’t leave them out. Even my kids know they’re in there, but the still love this dish. (I kept the anchovies a secret until they tried the dish and liked it.)

I wish I had more step-by-step photos for you, but I was in a hurry to fix this for my hungry family after church and forgot to take any pics.

You’ll need:
1 lb. spaghetti (I like angel hair or vermicelli)
1/3 cups olive oil (RR says 5 times around the pan)
8 cloves of garlic, chopped
8-10 flat anchovy fillet
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (a small pile in the palm of your hand)
fresh flat-leaf parsley

For the Tomato and Onion Salad:
6 Roma tomatoes (or any garden fresh, vine-ripe tomato)
1 small white onion
more flat-leaf parsley
salt and pepper (I like Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper)

Add a loaf of crusty bread and extra oil for dipping it in.

I’m going to add this in two different recipes to make it simpler.

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 1 lb. angel hair
  • ⅓ cups olive oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 8-10 flat anchovy fillet
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. While that cooks, chop the garlic.
  3. In a skillet over medium -low heat add the olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and anchovies.
  4. Stir this every once in a while, using the back of the spoon to break up the anchovies. They will melt into the oil and become very yummy.
  5. Drain the pasta and add to the skillet.
  6. Add parsley
  7. Toss to coat.
Tomato and Onion Salad

Serves: 4-6 servings

  • 6 Roma tomatoes (or any garden fresh, vine-ripe tomato)
  • 1 small white onion
  • flat-leaf parsley
  • drizzle olive oil
  • salt and pepper (I like Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper)
  1. Slice the tomatoes and onions thin.
  2. Chop up some parsley – just a handful.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil over the tomatoes and onions.
  4. Add a bit of salt and pepper and stir in some of the parsley.

That’s it! It sounds like a lot of steps but it really does come together fast and it tastes like a bit of Italian heaven!

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  1. See, it’s recipes like this that make me look like my picture. BUT, yumm-o that spaghetti looks delicious. Thanks for stopping by. Come back anytime.

  2. I love your recipes, I’ll definitely have to try some of them.

    Thank you for the comment πŸ™‚

  3. NeverADullMoment says:

    YUM! That looks fabulous! I just wanted to say thanks for visiting me on my Sts day! I will be back here for some great recipes!

  4. Abounader Photography says:

    Oh Mah gawd! My hubby will LOVE This!

  5. Creative Junkie says:

    omg – I am practically salivating over this.

    I just browsed through your blog … AWESOME recipes! I can’t wait to try some of them out.

    Thank you!

  6. Now feeding my family is definitely an area I need help with! Awesome blog! I am just so tired of fishsticks and chicken nuggets. I can’t wait to read more!

  7. Don’t you just love Rachel Ray! She’s one of my favs. And this is a great recipe. I’ve looked over some of your other recipes as well and they all look great! Keep ’em coming!

  8. Wooo looks yummy!!!! I love pasta and tomato salad – I’ll definitely try this recipe at home:)

    I love you blog – I’ll come back to learn more recipes from you:D

    Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

  9. blueviolet says:

    That actually does look really good! But, no matter what, I do have to leave out the anchovies.

  10. Hi Tiffany, thanks for stopping by my blog this morning! I will be bookmarking yours to check it very often for new ideas! I am always looking for “kitchen inspiration”! πŸ™‚

  11. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner says:

    Man that sounds delicious! Smart idea not telling the kids about the anchovies… but I love them. They do, too–especially when they don’t know they’re eating them! Great recipe!

  12. Anchovies?! I’ll have to give it a try! (I’ll just keep my hubby out of the loop with that ingredient) πŸ˜‰ Random question… Where did you buy your pizza stone? I’m so sick of my baked chicken being soggy on the bottom. I just had the thought that I should buy a pizza stone and cook it on that! Do you use it for most of your baking? Oh, and can I ‘follow your blog’?

  13. Mmmmmmm this looks SO good!

  14. I just made this tonight, without the bread. I liked it, but I think I put too much red pepper or onion. My lips are burning a bit. My two year old gobbled it up. I also didn’t use fresh parsley. I have NEVER cooked with anchovies. Not bad! Thank you for sharing!


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