I came to see Harry Styles for his first night in Chicago on Thursday, as I landed, I learned that it was postponed until Monday. After my emotional breakdown at the airport and I changed my whole life around, I decided to stay until Monday to see my man. Thanks to the generosity of my friend Claire, I stayed with her all week and she introduced me to Alison Roman. Not sure if I was living under a rock, but I am so happy to learn about her because she has some beautiful recipes. We decided to make Alison’s Pantry Pasta, with a Claire flare. I am considering this as the first post in an upcoming series on the blog; “Cooking with Friends”. These posts will showcase awesome recipes brought to me by my friends! First up we have this amazing pasta recipe that truly does utilize whatever we have in the kitchen.
- 4-6 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Lemon, Halved
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 TBSP Olive Oil + 1 TBSP Chili Oil [or just 2 TBSP Olive Oil]
- 2 Large Shallots or 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
- 1 2oz Tin Anchovies [we didn’t have]
- 2 TBSP Capers, finely chopped
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 12 oz of whatever Pasta you have
- 1 Cup Herbs, Oregano, Parsley, Chives, finely chopped
- 1 Cup Pasta Water
- Parmesan or Pecorino for serving
Let’s Get Cooking
Grab a large pot of water and boil, season it heavily with salt
Finely chop one garlic clove and place it in a small bowl. Thinly slice the remaining garlic.
Chop the lemon in half and squeeze half into the small bowl with the chopped garlic, season with salt and set aside.
Heat the 1/3 cup olive oil in a large skillet over MED heat. Add in the shallots and thinly sliced garlic, and season with salt & pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned at the edges. Add in the chopped capers + crushed red pepper + anchovies [if you have], stirring to encourage everything to melt into the oil. Set aside.
Cook the pasta until just al dente. Using tongs, transfer the pasta into the skillet along with about 1 cup of pasta water. Cook the pasta, stirring often until the sauce has thickened. Add in the herbs [whatever you have] + lemon and garlic + an additional squeeze of lemon juice.
Sprinkle over some parm & enjoy!
Made with Love,