The Easiest Pasta Ever (Really)

Learn the secret to making Geoffrey's simple pasta dinner in a hurry.
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Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

While Spaghetti Aglio e Olio may not get any points for ease in pronunciation, it indeed takes the cake for simplest-ever pasta dinner: 15 minutes, five ingredients. Done.

Geoffrey Zakarian introduced the recipe for this go-to meal on this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen. From start to finish, the sauce — made with just olive oil, sliced garlic, red pepper flakes and fresh parsley — came together in the time it takes the pasta to cook, meaning it's the ultimate in I-need-food-on-the-table-like-right-now cooking. The secret to GZ's sauce is twofold: adding some of the pasta water to the oil and garlic, and, secondly, cooking the pasta only part of the way before tossing it in the pan with that watery-oil mixture. The noodles will finish cooking the sauce, and the sauce thickens naturally on its own, thanks to the starch in the water.

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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