Spaghettini with Garlic and Hot Pepper

    This is a hot and spicy pasta dish that is rather light and is usually served as is, though one may add a light sprinkling of Parmesan cheese if desired. This is the ideal dish to whip up when simplicity is paramount.

    SERVES 4

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 pound spaghettini

    1 tablespoon butter

    в…“ cup olive oil

    5 cloves garlic, minced

    1 small fresh redВ chileВ pepperimage, minced, or в…“ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

    2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and cook the spaghettini until al dente.
    2. Meanwhile, melt the butter with the olive oil in a medium skillet; then add the garlic and chili pepper, and cook gently until the garlic is lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn it.
    3. Drain the pasta well, return to the pot or a warm serving bowl, pour on the sauce, and toss well. Add the parsley, toss again, and serve immediately.