Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
28 Mins
4 servings

Serve this simple pasta with zucchini sautéed in 1 tablespoon olive oil.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in pepper. Remove from heat.

Step 2

Bring 6 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large pot. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until almost al dente. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Add hot pasta, reserved cooking liquid, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cheese to garlic mixture. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 2 minutes or until pasta is al dente, tossing to combine. Remove from heat. Add parsley; toss. Place 1 1/2 cups pasta on each of 4 plates; drizzle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil.

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Ratings & Reviews

mgirn7's Review

August 27, 2014
Question: In regards to adding the cheese when plated, is this the parmesan that the recipe calls for or in addition to it? ps. Website is making me put in a rating in order to ask my question which is why I've only put one star, will edit when I've made the dish :)

VeeSallee's Review

July 29, 2014

Tslief20's Review

July 14, 2014
I tend to be a horrible cooker, but I found this as one of my best cooking recipes! I made this for my friends at their warming house, and we realized that one of ingredient was missing, which was seasoned chicken. We added it to the pasta to make it all champion! We also tried to add the olive oil at end, which didnt make it all. We were overall satisfied with how we cooked with this guided recipe. Here now I came back to find this recipe, so my friends can have it for themselves! =)

JNBank's Review

March 13, 2014
This was fantastic and soooooo easy. Its a restaurant quality recipe. I decreased the red pepper to 1/2 tsp and omitted the oil drizzle at the end. Make this dish. You won't be disappointed.

margotislove's Review

December 30, 2013
I love this recipe. Very simple and quick, makes a great weeknight meal. I added twice the hot pepper because I love spicy food. I also added shrimp to top it off. But I also agree that the extra olive oil is a bit excessive.

CindyW's Review

August 01, 2013
A near-5-star recipe. I forgot the oil at the end, but won't use next time anyway. Also, a bi too spicy, so will cut the red pepper in half for next time. Otherwise a wonderful light meal.

Nmbovee's Review

January 29, 2013

rawatson's Review

September 06, 2012
We love this recipe. We've had it several times now, and it will be regular for us. We double the pasta (a whole box), cut up a rotisserie chicken and add it to the pasta, and it's a quick easy meal our family of 3 can eat for lunch the next day too!

emestevez's Review

June 15, 2012
Loved this simple meal. Prepared the sautéed zucchini as a side. My husband likes spicy food and I do not, so I cut the pepper in half as a compromise. We both thought it was too spicy, so next time will use a quarter of the pepper. Followed other suggestions and added cheese once the pasta was plated. Will probably add the extra olive oil at the end next time. While it may make it more oily, the simplicity of the flavors could really use a touch of quality olive oil.

BrendaLRGale's Review

July 19, 2011
I totally agree about the added olive oil (not necessary) and adding the cheese at the end so it doesn't overcook. Otherwise, great flavor, and it went well with the suggested sauteed zucchini. Not really worth 11 pts, though!