Giolitti Deli just got a delivery of fresh garlic from Nature’s Garlic Farm in Easton, MD, so now is the perfect time to make some delicious summer recipes with the herb! Continue reading to learn how to make pasta aglio olio and a few tips on how to roast garlic.
Pasta Aglio Olio
Pasta aglio olio is one of the most simple pasta dishes made with the three main ingredients spaghetti, olive oil, and garlic. Because the dish is so easy, it is a great go-to dinner recipe when you are short on time and need something quick. You can also add vegetables of your choice such as mushrooms and peppers if you desire, but the pasta is very tasty on its own! To make your own pasta aglio olio, you will need:
- One box of spaghetti
- 8 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- 2 teaspoon red chili flakes or red chilies, chopped
- 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
- A handful of parsley leaves, chopped
- Parmesan cheese, pecorino cheese, or Italian bread crumbs for garnish
Start by cooking the spaghetti according to package directions in salted boiling water. When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain and reserve 1-2 ladles of the water. Next, heat the olive oil in a flat pan and add the garlic, chilies, and parsley. Saute for a minute, then toss in the pasta and combine. Add a little of the leftover pasta water to moisten it, then take it off the heat. Garnish with your choice of parmesan cheese, pecorino cheese, or Italian bread crumbs and enjoy!
How To Roast Garlic
In addition to cooking garlic in a pan on the stove, you can also enjoy roasted garlic from your oven. Roasting garlic actually changes the chemical makeup of the herb so that it’s easier to digest, and you may find that you can eat a lot more garlic when it is completely cooked, especially if you are sensitive to raw garlic.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and peel off the papery outer layers of a whole garlic head, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves of garlic. Next, use a sharp knife to cut ½ inches from the top of the cloves to expose the individual cloves. Place the head of garlic in a baking pan or muffin pan with the cut side facing up. Drizzle a few teaspoons of olive oil over all exposed cloves, then cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cloves are lightly browned and feel soft when pressed. Allow the garlic to cool for a few minutes, then use a small knife to cut the skin slightly around each clove. Pull or squeeze the roasted cloves out of their skins and mash with a fork to spread over warm bread, mix in with pasta, or for those who really love garlic, eat the cloves as is!
Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli
Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!
Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!