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Old 03-30-2006, 07:34 PM   #1
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Spaghetti + Olive Oil + Pepper + Parm

Hey guys. I just followed Jennyema's suggestion the other day and ordered some gourmet indian peppercorns. Also when i was at the store today i bought a very fantastically reviewed gourmet olive oil.

This got me to thinking.

I want to make a pasta dish using thin spaghetti as the pasta, very basic, to highlight a few good flavors.

This is what i want in it so far, and these are going to be the main players.

parmagiano reggiano cheese
gourmet olive oil, not heated
roughly cracked black pepper
thin spaghetti

was thinking of maybe a couple other little ingredients i could use to spruce this up?

and i was thinking what you all think of this idea for a very plain dish. it just sounds so good to me i cant believe it. when i was a kid i would just eat noodles with butter and parm cheese from the green can.

that inspired me to think of a much better version....

your thoughts...... please give me any ideas or opinions you have....

legsbig

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Old 03-30-2006, 07:42 PM   #2
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we call your dish noodles and cheese. It's a favorite in this house. Maybe some basil or arugula to spruce?
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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ooooh, thinly sliced basil and sundried tomatoes?
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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You're right, simple can be very good! Make it your way. That's a tasty treat. Then, experiment with additions for another meal.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:52 PM   #5
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Sounds good as is. However here are a number of suggestions, you could include all of them but in order to achieve your goal of keeping it simple they are just suggestions of one ingredient:

- Fried slivers of garlic
- Lemon zest/juice
- Finely chopped anchovy fillets (get rid of the parmesan if you use anchovies)
- Some roughly chopped wild rocket (the spikey kind that looks like mizuna)
- Pinch of good dried oregano
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:55 PM   #6
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solid ideas haggis! i think im gonna try the first time with lemon juice.

second time im gonna try some very thincly chopped or sliced sundried tomatoes...god i love those things

how do you fry garlic? please tell
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:50 PM   #7
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Some oil or butter in a frypan, throw the garlic in and cook over a medium heat until the garlic is slightly golden in colour.
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:33 AM   #8
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YUM!!

A bit of mashed anchovy (AND the cheese!!)

Some minced flat leaf parsley

Rocket is called arugula in the US and that would be fantastic

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Keep it simple, BUT make sure you use really good imported cheese and that good evoo you bought, as well as the nice pepper. The quality of the ingredients matter very much. IMO this is the best type of eating!!
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:02 AM   #9
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Your dish sounds great as is! You have also gotten some great suggestions here. To add to that you could try a handful of capers. I have also had luck with dried cranberries in a dish like this.
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This is a very delicious, simple way to enjoy the spaghetti, MLB, roast some crushed garlic in the oil that will give a wonderful kick...
and as Jenny suggested, chopped fresh flat leaved parsley will be a lovely finishing touch, too!
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