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.