Tuesday, June 27, 2006

My favorite late night snack

Angel hair pasta with garlic oil and pine nuts: (1 serving)

Put a pot of water on to boil. Place some pine nuts in a non-stick skillet on medium heat to toast them. (This will take about 3-4 minutes). Meanwhile finely mince 2-3 cloves of garlic.

Once the pine nuts are toasted, pour them into your bowl. Turn the heat off and return the skillet to stove top. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil into skillet. The skillet will cool and the oil will heat slowly.

Once the water is boiling, add a handful of angel hair pasta and some salt to the water. The pasta will cook in just 2 minutes. When one minute is remaining for the pasta to finish, add the garlic to the skillet and turn heat back onto medium. Add a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes. Sautee until the garlic is softened, but not brown. When it is getting close to done, turn off the heat - you don't want it to burn. The pasta should be done.

Drain the pasta, add it to the skillet and turn to coat. Pour into the bowl with the pine nuts. Season to taste with salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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