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Spaghetti with Green Garlic


1 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 stalks green garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
small pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; more for serving
freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the spaghetti. Cook until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large (3-quart) saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and ¼ cup of water. Cover and sweat, stirring occasionally, until soft, adding more water if necessary to keep the garlic from caramelizing too much.
  3. Add the cooked pasta to the garlic mixture and toss well to combine. Add some pasta cooking water if necessary to bring the dish to a creamy consistency. Stir in the freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and a couple cracks of freshly ground pepper.
  4. Serve with more olive oil and the minced tops of the green garlic, if desired.