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Celia’s Simply Irresistible Spaghetti

Kids and kids-at-heart can’t resist this oh-so-simple yet ah-so-delicious spaghetti that our daughter, Celia, begs me to make for her. If by some miracle there are any leftovers, I pack them in her lunch. Given the chance, she’ll even have it for breakfast. I often serve it with roasted asparagus.–Aviva Goldfarb

LC Add a Little Oomph Note

We’re all for simplicity. But to lend a little more oomph to this pasta for not-so-picky palates, consider author Aviva Goldfarb’s suggestions to serve it with a pinch of black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, toasted pine nuts, canned clams, or crumbled bacon. Um, one at a time, please.

Simply Irresistible Spaghetti Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 to 6 cloves), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  • 1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  • 2. After the spaghetti has been cooking for about 5 minutes, heat the butter and olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. After the butter has melted, stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm.
  • 3. Drain the spaghetti, return it to the pot, and stir in the garlic butter and the salt. Toss with the parsley, and serve with the Parmesan on the side.
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