Pasta with Fresh Herbs: Recipe
Pasta con Erbette Fresche – An Easy Italian Recipe for Summer
The Local Aromas Italian recipe series continues with this deliciously simple family recipe from our chef Angelo.
This quick, tasty, recipe is perfect for the hot temperatures of summer in Italy. It combines the wonderful fresh flavour of herbs, a background hint of garlic, the fruity tang of good olive oil and the savory hit of parmesan. Italian food is all about ‘less is more’ and this recipe uses just a few ingredients to allow the fresh flavors to truly shine. And the best thing is that, aside from boiling the pasta, there is no cooking required!
The choice of herbs is up to you but stick to fresh not dried and chop everything as finely as possible. Good options include basil, oregano, marjoram, sage, chives and rosemary; calculate approximately one handful of mixed herbs per portion. If you have time, leaving the herbs and garlic to infuse in the olive oil for an hour will increase the overall flavour. The type of pasta is also your choice, but a long thin shape is best; mafaldine (or reginette) as shown here work well, but even a simple spaghetti would be fantastic, or cut down the preparation time even further by using fresh fettuccine or tagliatelle.
Pasta con Erbette Fresche – Pasta with Fresh Herbs
What you need:
- 360g long pasta (mafaldine/spaghetti)
- 4 handfuls of mixed, fresh herbs
- 1 clove garlic
- 150ml extra virgin olive oil
- Parmesan, to serve
What to do:
Finely chop the mixed herbs and garlic clove, place in a bowl and mix in the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cover and leave to infuse for one hour.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions until just al dente. Drain the pasta and, while hot, toss in the herby oil until well-coated.
Divide into four dishes and sprinkle generously with grated parmesan before serving.
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