You ever see one of those meals on TV that just look SO insanely good, you have to pause it just to appreciate it? I have! And it was this garlic lemon pasta that I saw on the Netflix show, "The Chef Show." I was binge watching the series when I came across this pasta dish. And I had to pause the special and take a screenshot of the ingredients that they showed. I needed to remember just how it was made so I could make it the next night for dinner.
I loved how easy this dish was to prepare. And also, how comforting, simple and delicious it looked. Simple ingredients often make for the best dishes, I find. So, I was majorly inspired by this Netflix show and made it my own. Because even after watching it, I still don't know the exact measurements they use.
I get inspiration all the time from so many different places. From Pinterest, to Bon Appétit (I've watched nearly every BA YouTube video) and cookbooks. Inspiration is all around me. The key thing I try to remember, always, is to give credit. Hardly anything is truly original anymore, everything was inspired by someone. But, still, if you got inspired by someone for a recipe, I think it's important to give credit where it's due.
Like I said, this pasta dish is SO SIMPLE. You only need a small handful of ingredients to make it. But that is kind of why I love it so much. Not only is it super easy to make, it tastes gourmet, comforting and rich. It tastes like you took a lot longer to prepare it and to me, those are the best kinds of dishes. The ones that always impress, but you know secretly, deep down they were too easy to make.
The first thing to think about when making this recipe is cooking the garlic just right.
The only hard part about this lemon garlic pasta is keeping a close eye on the garlic. Garlic can burn really quickly! So my advice is pay attention, don't try and do other things while the garlic is cooking in the oil. Because this dish comes together so fast, this is really the only part that takes some patience and time.
Because I'm lazy, I like to use one pot to cook this whole dish. So after the pasta is boiled (don't forget to reserve some of the pasta water), let it drain and set it aside. Then, use the same pot and add the olive oil, and if you use the same burner, it will already be pretty hot. If you're using the same burner, turn the heat down to low and then add the oil. Add the garlic and stir with a wooden spoon. Watch it carefully so that it doesn't burn. Burnt garlic doesn't taste good and it's kinda the main attraction to the show, so don't mess it up. Don't worry, I believe in you ;)
Once you have the garlic cooking, everything comes together really quickly. When you start to notice that the garlic is getting some nice colour on it, it's time to add the salt, pepper, chili flakes and half the chives. Give everything a good toss with your spoon. Then add back the pasta. Once the pasta is in, make sure the heat is off. Then go ahead and add in the reserved pasta water, the butter and then the lemon. Toss it around with some tongs to make sure it all gets incorporated.
Then all you need to do is plate this delicious lemon garlic pasta, and top it with sea salt to taste, parm and the remaining chives. Go ahead and add some more chili flakes too.
Now, take a moment and marvel at just how easy this dish was to make. And most, importantly enjoy!
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