Thursday, October 24, 2013

Aglio Olio-Garlic and Oil Pasta

I have making Aglio Olio-Garlic and Oil Pasta for years...never, but ever, had I used anchovy fillets; it could be for the reason, that this is one of those 'hand-me-down' recipes that is by 'word of mouth' and only needs basic every day ingredients.
I own several Rachel Ray cookbooks...six, to be exact, and they are all 30 minutes or less meals. All of these cookbooks, except for 1...I paid 79 cents @Goodwill. They are all paperback, and all new books. One book which I got recently, was $3.00...also, from Goodwill. Yesterday, when I was checking out the cookbooks; even the paperback cookbook of Rachel Ray, was $5.00...still, a lot less than the retail price of $14.95. Prices have gone up on books at Goodwill...and now, they are selling their cookbooks for probably less, and you would have to pay another $3.99 for shipping charge, as well. Although, if you buy $25.00 or more at Amazon; shipping is 'free'!

I'm so glad that I browsed through Rachel's 30-Minute Meals book, which every now-and-then, I consult for a quick meal. The addition of the anchovies really made a huge difference in the texture, and flavor of this simple pasta dish. You can use spaghetti or, linguine...I used a whole wheat spaghetti that stayed so firm to the bite=alt dente...and oh, so satisfying with a simple green salad, and nice crusty bread!

Rachel Ray 30-Minute Meals


  • Salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 container imported Italian anchovy fillets with red pepper flakes (2 ounces) – if you can't find these, use regular anchovies and add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6-8 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf crusty bread
Serves 4


Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring up to a boil. Once boiling, add some salt and then the pasta. Cook to al dente according to package directions. Right before draining, remove and reserve one cup of the pasta cooking water.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add EVOO, about one turn of the pan. Add anchovies, garlic and pepper flakes, if you’re using them. Break up anchovies with a wooden spoon until they melt into the oil and garlic mixture.

Add reserved pasta water to the skillet, and then add the spaghetti, parsley, lots of pepper and a little salt to taste. Toss together and cook for one more minute so that the pasta has a chance to soak up some of the sauce. Serve with chunks of crusty bread for mopping up the excess goodness.

This is our fall season in Palm Beach, of today, temperatures have fallen to a comfortable and slightly cooler feeling of what seems to be fall. This evening, just before dark...checked out the skies. Gloomy and gray; still did not rain all day long. No falling leaves, just a more comfortable cooler temperature. that tourists love to get away from the cold and snowy climate.

We are not nearly...or will be near anywhere the cold temperatures that some of you are experiencing...some sudden snow, in my hometown, in Ohio and temp. @ 39 degrees F. That is way too cold for me!
Have a wonderful weekend to all you dear friends...and readers! Hugs,


  1. I love this kind of really simple really good pasta!

  2. I love 30 minute meals for the week days. This one looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Elisabeth, I am loving your pasta and wishing that I could have some right now! The addition of anchovies is really yummy as I love them a lot. But I have to eat less pasta as I am trying to lose some weight hah! hah! My pants are getting way too snug. I hope that you are feeling much better. Have a great weekend and do take care!

  4. Yummy pasta n lovely clicks...haven't tried adding anchovies anytime.

  5. Ciaooo bella!!!!:-))
    How are you??
    Mmmm..this pasta is amazing...bravaa!!!!!:-))
    Un abbraccio dolce

  6. The sky looks dramatic!

    Pasta looks good :-)

  7. Simple but very kind of everyday pasta dish.

  8. Sokat hallottam már erről a finom spagettiről, de még nem kóstóltam:) Szép és pihentetrő hétvégét Neked is, puszi:)

  9. Finom lehet ez a tészta, nagyon szép színe van, és szép gusztusosan tálaltad!

  10. This is one of the simplest pastas but so comforting and delicious!!!

  11. Elizabeth, This sounds so delicious and a perfect quick dish for dinner! I love any kind of pasta and I haven’t eaten it in about a month because Bill is on a diet! I love some of Rachel’s pasta recipes! Your photos are lovely!

  12. Istenien hangzik ez a tészta, és a neve is milyen jó, így még nem készítettem, de ki fogom próbálni. Tetszik, mert egyszerű és mégis nagyon finom lehet. Szépek a képeid, nagyon szeretem az őszt, sajnos nálunk már nem tart sokáig, a hétem már havazott is, de elolvadt:) Szép hétvégét kívánok Neked is, puszi:)

  13. Simple pasta always best Elisabeth I love it when it is simple dinner or lunch.

  14. You are definitely that bargain queen Elizabeth! Your pasta, sounds wonderful, something like this is always in vogue at my house.

  15. Hi Elisabeth, what a mouth watering pasta dish!!! Lots of Mediterranean flavor!!! Hope you enjoy a nice, rain-free weekend, XO

  16. This is definitely my kind of meal. I adore the simplicity of aglio olio pasta and I am mad for anchovies, so this is super yum :) Rachael ray cookbooks are also in my collection and she does have some very nice recipes. Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

  17. hi elisabeth, canned anchovies are available here buth i've never tried them before..they are a little costly but i know i will just try them one day, thx for the idea. Take care.

  18. I love aglio olio pasta but have never thought of adding anchovies (which I adore too!). Excellent idea!

  19. Hello Friend! I really love these kind of pastas. Just a few ingredients and you have an elegant dinner.

  20. Hi Elisabeth, your pasta looks so beautifully done and tempting too! Wow, the anchovies look so big. How I love it! Besides, it's simple and easy to prepare too. Have a wonderful day ahead and do take care :)

  21. Wow, i can imagine how savoury is the pasta.....
    pretty damn good!

  22. Hi my dearest Elisabeth, anchovies in pasta! Very interesting recipe and it's something new to me. But it sure look inviting and scrumptious. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    BTW, you sure got huge collecting of cookbooks and good bargain too. :))
    Warmest regards to you, take care.
    With lots of love.

  23. Wow what a nice and simple pasta dish! I have a bottle of anchovies in my cupboard, will use it to make this recipe!