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Spaghetti with Garlic, Hot Pepper & Pecorino

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Spaghetti with Garlic, Hot Pepper & Pecorino
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Makes: 4 servings adjust
"This dish is a cross between two Italian classics. The garlic and red pepper flakes are the base for Spaghetti Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino, while the black pepper and pecorino pair up in Spaghetti Pepe & Cacio. Here, they form a rather tasty mix."



Step 1

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.


  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, cut in half and smashed
  • 14 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Rosemary, chopped

Step 2

Heat the oil and garlic in a 10-inch straight-sided saute pan over medium-low heat, stirring until the garlic becomes fragrant and starts to brown all over, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and rosemary, cook for 30 seconds, and then remove from the heat.


  • Kosher Salt
  • 34 pound Spaghetti

Step 3

Cook the spaghetti in the boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until it's just tender to the tooth (see the package for cooking time). Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.

Step 4

Return the saute pan to medium heat and fish out and discard the garlic. Add the drained pasta and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, tossing and stirring, to blend the flavors. If the pasta isn't tender, add the remainder of the cooking water and continue to cook and stir until done. Toss with half of the pecorino and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Season with salt and more pepper to taste.


  • 34 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Step 5

Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining pecorino and a few grinds of black pepper.
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