- Boil water in a larger pot. Once it comes to a boil, add 2 tablespoons salt. Add pasta and follow the cooking instructions provided on the package. Prior to draining pasta, set aside 1 ½ cups of pasta cooking water.
- Select a utensil that is large enough to fit the pasta. You could take a large, shallow pot or 12 inch sauté pan. Heat olive oil at medium flame.
- Add thinly sliced garlic cloves and cook for 2 minutes or until they caramelize. Keep stirring the garlic cloves until the edges turn brown. Make sure that you don’t overcook them.
- Add red pepper flakes and cook for 30 more seconds.
- Be careful with this step. Add pasta cooking water to garlic and oil and let it boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon salt. Lower the flame. Simmer for five minutes until the liquid comes to a third.
- Drain pasta and add it to the garlic sauce. Toss the mixture.
- Remove the pot from the flame. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley and toss gently until the mixture blends properly. Keep pasta away from heat for 5 minutes. Let the sauce mix well.
- Taste to check seasoning. Serve with Parmesan.
The most important step is to let the garlic cloves be golden brown. Under-do it and you wouldn’t get the full flavor. Overdo it and you would get a bitter flavor.
If you want a richer flavor, you could also add a tablespoon of butter while tossing the pasta mixture with parsley and Parmesan.
Garlic and olive oil sauce is the easiest that you could make.