NYT Cooking: There’s something about pasta, cooked properly, that trumps all the other possibilities. And the smell of pasta boiling is a heady cheap thrill. With a few basic staple pantry items, a true feast can be ready in minutes. Good spaghetti, good olive oil, garlic and a little red pepper are all you need, plus some anchovy and capers if you have them.

NYT Cooking: There’s something about pasta, cooked properly, that trumps all the other possibilities. And the smell of pasta boiling is a heady cheap thrill. With a few basic staple pantry items, a true feast can be ready in minutes. Good spaghetti, good olive oil, garlic and a little red pepper are all you need, plus some anchovy and capers if you have them.

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Spaghetti Aglio E Olio (Garlic Pasta) ~*: salt  1 lb dried spaghetti, 1/3c EVOO,  8 large garlic cloves,  .5tsp red pepper flakes  .5c minced fresh parsley, 1c Parm cheese

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio (Garlic Pasta) ~*: salt 1 lb dried spaghetti, 1/3c EVOO, 8 large garlic cloves, .5tsp red pepper flakes .5c minced fresh parsley, 1c Parm cheese

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Midnight Pasta With Garlic, Anchovy, Capers and Red Pepper - Recipes - The New York Times

Midnight Pasta With Garlic, Anchovy, Capers and Red Pepper - Recipes - The New York Times

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Midnight Pasta Recipe | The Chew - ABC.com -- yummy.  didn't have the mint or make the bread crumbs.  Still yummy.  don't add the cup of pasta water until after you add the pasta to see if you actually need it.

Midnight Pasta Recipe | The Chew - ABC.com -- yummy. didn't have the mint or make the bread crumbs. Still yummy. don't add the cup of pasta water until after you add the pasta to see if you actually need it.

This simple spaghetti dish has only six ingredients but will have you coming back for more.  Photo: Camilla Salem

This simple spaghetti dish has only six ingredients but will have you coming back for more. Photo: Camilla Salem

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Casserole chock full of Italian goodness--pasta, sauce, chicken, sausage, veggies and tons of cheese.

Casserole chock full of Italian goodness--pasta, sauce, chicken, sausage, veggies and tons of cheese.

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