Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
I love garlic so when I wanted a change from tomato sauce on my pasta, I threw a few ingredients in my frying pan and came up with this. Cut down on the garlic if it's too much for you. Add hot pepper flakes if you like spice. Cook vegetable of your choice with pasta if you want. Every time I make this, it's different. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
- 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 -6 cloves crushed garlic (to taste)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄4-1⁄3 cup sliced sun-dried tomato
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 dash coriander (optional)
- 8 ounces small shell pasta, of your choice
- fresh grated parmesan cheese
- In small frying pan, saute all ingredients (on low) except pasta.
- Do not let the garlic brown.
- If it does, remove from heat immediately and let sit off of burner.
- The longer it sits, the stronger the flavour in the oil.
- Boil the pasta according to directions.
- For a variation, you can add frozen peas to pasta water, or you can add broccoli flowerets to the last couple of minutes of boiling.
- Strain pasta and toss with oil mixture.
- Top with parmasan cheese and enjoy!
I used this recipe as a foundation and added a few ingredients to it and it was marvelous. I put red onion- 1 whole, 2 tablespoons capers, zest of 1 lemon, 1/4 cup chopped black olives and 1/4 cup chardonnay. I finished with parmigiano reggiano and wished I had reserved a little pasta water to thin it out a bit. Also, I used spaghetti but think it would have been better with penne or the recommended shells.
This is WONDERFUL!! I doubled the recipe and added veggie chicken (Worthington Fried Chik'N), capers, lemon juice, white wine, and fresh basil. Then I served if over spaghetti squash, since we have so much from our garden. It was absolutely DELISH!! So many flavors! Next time I think I'll also add mushrooms. Mmmmm!!
I have used this recipe several times and agree with another reviewer that it is a great base recipe. In our house, meat is expected at every meal. So, I have used either chicken, hot Italian sausage (minus the casing), hamburger, or shrimp. Our favorite is a combo of the chicken and sausage. I cook the meat in the oil with the onion and garlic, and then all other ingredients. I also have added black olives, kalamata olives, capers, mushrooms, dried Italian seasoning and/or fresh basil. The sun-dried tomatoes can be substituted with fresh or canned tomatoes. We teasingly say I add the "kitchen sink". You never know what will be in it. I am considering adding artichokes. Thanks for a recipe that is great as is or can be even better when tweaked!