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Parsley and basil go especially well with the southern Italian staples garlic and olive oil. Substitute others herbs such as dill, cilantro or mint for a more renegade—but equally delicious—variation. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes 

Scott Hocker
December 2014

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Recipe Summary

active:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook spaghetti according to package instructions in a pot of well-salted boiling water.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet set over medium heat, add 1/4 cup of the olive oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, add three-quarters of the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When garlic starts to smell fragrant, after about 1 minute, add a small splash of the pasta cooking water.

  • When the spaghetti is done, drain and add to the skillet. Mix well, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining garlic, parsley and basil. Mix again and serve.

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