Dinesh and Bawa

Dinesh and Bawa


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Aglio e Olio

Very tasty, very classy and extremely quick spaghetti to make ...

Though strictly speaking aglio e olio means only garlic and olive oil, i like to add just a teeny bit of other veggies to give it colour and make it more interesting!

For 4 people, you will need

3/4th a packet of whole wheat spaghetti
7 pieces of sun dried tomato
A handful of French Beans chopped long and thin
1 small carrot chopped thin
a small handful of green peas parboiled
Olive Oil
10-12 fresh Basil leaves
2-3 (depending on how garlicky you want it) small pieces of (a full) garlic either chopped fine or crushed
1 dried red chilly (you may add more to make it spicier or not add it at all for a blander taste)
Salt to taste

In a large pan, add a tablespoon of salt and some olive oil to water and heat to a rolling boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for 10-12 minutes (look on the packet for directions). Remove from heat, drain and put aside.

In a large saucepan, heat a generous amount of olive oil and a dollop of butter. Add the red chilly and the crushed garlic and cook until the garlic turns brown. Add the veggies (first the french beans, then the carrots and finally the sun dried tomatoes and the green peas) and saute them until they are cooked. Add the spaghetti and toss the whole thing until all the spaghetti is well coated, you may add just a little bit more of the olive oil if you think the whole thing is too dry...

Serve hot. Usually served with different types of bread, i like mine solo.

Feel free to add or subtract the veggies, you could add mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, etc to it... simply remember that the veggies should be just a very tiny part of the whole thing. You could even add some grated cheddar cheese or shavings of parmesan cheese right on top while serving. If you make a soup to go along with this, it makes a brilliant complete meal.

Jai Gurudeva!

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vinay said...

It looks yummy. Will definately do it. Bau, i wanted one clarification. Isn't garlic and mushroom rajasic and tamasic?

Trinaa said...


Ashutosh said...

jai gurudev!!!!

padhkar heeeee maza aa gaya..............

gauri said...

simply finger/fork licking delicious.... sun dried tomatoes and basil leaves add a taste of their own which is wah! thank you Bau for another fantabulous dish.... :)

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meghna said...

hi! thanx for sharing it. i'm home alone today and am going to have a great dinner.thanx to you.

HP said...

yummy !! fell in love with the picture at first sight *slurrp slurrp* and made it for dinner. yummy yummy !!

Niranjana said...

this also sounds tasty...naaaaah looks tasty but didn't enjoy reading the recipe. I was expecting Krishna. so little disappointed.
Jai Gurudeva:)

Bawa said...

garlic is good for you once in a while and in a very small quantity... and mushrooms have very high fibre :)
and if they are tamasic and/or rajasic, do one padmasadhana extra! :)

Jai Gurudeva!

nimisha said...

haha liked ur answer, applies to 'picky me' :) Yummy recipe! hope i make it as good as it looks!

jgd! & love

komal said...

hmmm sounds easy enough to toss up reallly quick hope i can make it as well as you do...soon thanks bau now i have something to do in my very short break.. i practically live on pasta here...

Anonymous said...


I see your recipes they look really yummy. But I have a question to ask. Many of the AOL teachers suggest that it is good to have satwik food. I have noticed that you use onions and garlic in almost all of your recipes. What is your take on satwik food? Can you post some delicious satwil recipes?

Thanks and jai guru dev.

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