Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Quick & Easy Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Hb asked me to make some pasta for him and since Aunty Pat is coming over, I thought I should make more so we can all eat. Hb wanted the tomato-seafood pasta but Aunty Pat & Reuben prefered cream or Aglio Olio style.

So, I decided to make this as it is faster and easier.

Ingredients
  • Spaghetti
  • Back bacon (cut in squares)
  • Prawns (de-shelled, de-veined & marinate w salt & pepper)
  • Garlic (thinly sliced)
  • White Button mushroom
  • Brown Button mushroom (or shiitake)
  • Dried Parsley
  • Salt & Black pepper
Method
  1. Pre-boil spaghetti in hot water, strain and add some oil to keep it moist if not cooking immediately
  2. Fry garlic slices in oil till slightly brown, add in the bacon and fry till golden
  3. Add prawns and fry till half cooked, add mushroom
  4. Once fragrant, add the pre-cooked pasta and mix well
  5. Season with dried parsley, salt and black pepper
  6. Serve hot & ENJOY
Tips
  • Do not rinse the pasta with water, it is better to strain and drizzle some olive oil over it
  • For this dish, do not boil pasta till too soft as the quick-frying will soften the pasta a little. Best to cook till a little chewy or 'al-dente'
  • You can use fresh basil or dried basil for a stronger herb taste or add chilli flakes for a spicy twist.
  • I used 2 kinds of mushroom for depth and texture. If you can't get brown buttons, you can substitute with shiitake.

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