This dish is called Poor Man’s Pasta in our house but you may know this as the spaghetti aglio olio, or pasta with garlic (aglio) and oil (olio).
We’re happy to announce we’re helping a great Canadian brand, Catelli Pasta, as part of their #CatelliFamilies program, sharing how pasta fits into our lives. We eat dry pasta several times a week, sometimes it’s extravagant like spaghetti puttanesca on our days off or other times I’ll bring butternut squash lasagna for everyone to eat before we open the restaurant for the evening.
While we don’t have a traditional family with kids, having a restaurant means we are also time strapped yet we don’t want to eat fast food. Pasta is great because we can add lots of veggies and it can be made in less time than delivery pizza.
Back to spaghetti aglio olio. It’s a simple but classic Italian pasta dish that is also great if you’re on a budget.
When Dave was fresh out of cooking school he drove a car across the country to Banff to work and like most young cooks he was working long hours for little pay yet wanted to eat well so lived off Poor Man’s Pasta.
Twenty years later we still eat Poor Man’s Pasta, because it’s so simple to make it’s also quick. Ironically, we often come home from the restaurant hungry – I know it’s crazy but when you smell food all night you aren’t hungry.
It isn’t until your body relaxes at home that you realize you need to eat something – NOW! We always have dry pasta, garlic and parmesan in the fridge and if I have any greens like kale or chard it’s quick to drop in.
What I love most about this dish is that it’s something I can make for Dave. He spends all day making food for other people and at the end of the night he’s tired and has sore feet. He can sit on the couch, scroll through his instagram and decompress while I throw on pasta.
Spaghetti aglio olio is originally from southern Italy in Naples and many variations exist, some add chili flakes others with parmesan or pecorino and many include parsley. It’s a pasta that allows you to add whatever you might like so for me that’s often greens.
For this recipe we used Catelli Smart spaghetti which is white pasta with a very high source of fiber. We don’t care for the taste of whole wheat pasta so with this Smart line we can have white pasta but also the 8g of fibre per serving that comes along with it.
What is your favourite quick and easy pasta recipe? Share in the comments below.
Disclosure: This spaghetti aglio olio post is part of a four part series in partnership with Catelli Pasta, a great Canadian brand that has asked us to share our favourite pasta recipes. If they hadn’t approached us we would still be eating pasta 3-4 nights a week.
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