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8/24/10 5:33 PM
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alxholic
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pasta without the traditional thick sauce is growing on me. today i made some spaghetti. All I did with it was toss it in spices and flavored olive oil and it was great. For the oil, i tossed 8 chopped garlic cloves and red pepper flakes in there, let the oil get the flavor by letting it cook for 3 minutes, then strain out the garlic and peppers. Threw in some fresh chopped oregano and prasley and let that cook for a few minutes. when the pasta is done, throw it all in the pan and toss with black pepper. I topped it with parmesean and ate the shit out of it. it is much cheaper to make than buying a jar of sauce and much better than jarred sauce.
8/26/10 3:51 PM
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Not as healthy, but it works great with butter too.

Personally, I wouldn't strain the best parts out, though.
8/26/10 8:55 PM
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pasta cacio e pepe has been really growing on me

take a couple splashes of pasta water, and mix with romano cheese. add sauce/cheese til you get the consistency you want, add plenty of black pepper, and toss your pasta with it.
8/27/10 4:48 PM
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CR1chard - pasta cacio e pepe has been really growing on me

take a couple splashes of pasta water, and mix with romano cheese. add sauce/cheese til you get the consistency you want, add plenty of black pepper, and toss your pasta with it.


i've been trying to make that but i can't get the cheese to not clump together.. how do you make the sauce smooth?
8/28/10 9:31 AM
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fairly low heat, and a fair amount of stirring
9/9/10 1:48 AM
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my pasta at home never contains meat.

maybe bacon.
9/9/10 1:09 PM
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CR1chard - fairly low heat, and a fair amount of stirring

hmm.. not working for me.. what is the consistency of the sauce suppose to be like? i wonder if i am just using too much cheese. i got the sauce to be creamy but a bit running still, not very thick, like a creamy tomato soup but not like a mac and cheese like thick sauce.
10/26/10 10:19 PM
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Scott Rotem
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Try this....

Toss some sun dried tomatoes and artichokes in a saute pan with some garlic and olive oil, get them nice and hot, toss with your pasta, add a little feta. So easy, and really, really good.
10/27/10 7:04 PM
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Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, and Black Pepper.

Done.

Or Butter, Garlic, and Parmesan Cheese.
10/29/10 1:31 PM
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Sir Wurtherford C Pickelhaub III PhD
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Aglio Olio is great, but I agree, butter is better.

Use a good quality butter like this Irish Butter I get at Trader Joes. Find a good aged raw milk parmesan or pecorino. Ingredients matter.
11/7/10 3:28 AM
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Some good stuff on this thread.

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