|So simple, so good! :)|
It's a slight variation on Spaghetti "olio aglio", with a few bits and pieces added.
Ingredients for about 2 people:
Garlic, chopped, 6 cloves (about 3 per person)
Dried chilli (flakes not powder), to your taste (omit if that's your taste :P)
An excellent extra virgin olive oil.
Small handful of fresh herbs, i used basil
50g ricotta (mashed well if bought by weight, or stirred if the tub stuff)
Plenty of good grating cheese (grana padano, parmiggiano, pecorino, etc), to serve.
Prepare a pot of water for pasta. Add plenty of salt. The sauce below takes less than 5 minutes so i normally prepare all the ingredients, and cook the sauce while the pasta cooks. Cook the pasta about a minute less than the instructions as you will be adding it to the sauce frypan
Use a largish frying pan (as you will be adding the pasta). Very gently sautee the garlic and chilli flakes in some olive oil for a minute or so. really really gently, as you don't want the garlic to be browned at all! Just softened.
Add the ricotta and herbs to the garlic oil, season and stir until warmed through. Don't worry if it looks a little curdled at this point, the oil and ricotta will emulsify when the pasta is added.
|looks kinda separated but it'll come together wonderfully!|
Add the pasta to the pan, and a little of the liquid just to allow the pasta to cook to perfection.
Toss the pasta and sauce, making sure it's evenly coated. Taste to make sure that pasta is done (if it isn't, and there isn't much liquid, just add a little more of the pasta water and keep tossing it).
Serve with an extra sprinkle of raw olive oil, freshly ground pepper and plenty of grated cheese, and enjoy! :D