This pasta dish can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. Written here, it's a celebration of spaghetti at its most simple. If you want to jazz it up, try some finely crumbled sausage, charred corn, or a bit of chopped spring onion or leek.
1 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 clove garlic, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of one large orange
20 to 30 mint leaves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fennel pollen
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice, if desired
Bring 3 quarts of water to boil in a large pot with 1/4 cup kosher salt and cook spaghetti until tender but still firm. Stir occasionally, especially when first adding spaghetti.
While spaghetti boils, melt butter over medium-low heat in a wide skillet. When butter is melted, add garlic and cook for one minute.
When spaghetti is done, strain from pot and add to skillet along with olive oil, orange zest, mint, and fennel pollen. Stir until pasta is thoroughly coated with oil and is highly fragrant. Add salt to taste and lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||22%|
|Total Carbohydrate 58g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||17%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|