The Perfect Spaghetti Dish

Sometimes simplicity can make for a perfect dish. And when it comes to spaghetti there’s nothing better than pairing it with garlic. But the trick to taking it to the next level is a few key ingredients and techniques. Joe Vigorito of L’Artusi stopped by to show us his recipe and it truly might be the perfect, simply spaghetti dish.

So watch the video below and try the recipe to see if you can create the perfect bite of spaghetti.

Spaghetti with Garlic

Serves 4 to 6


4 ounces of cheese rinds from Parmesan
3 quarts water
1 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
½ tsp. red chili flakes
3 Tbsp. butter
6 Tbsp. chives, chopped
½ cup Parmesan, finely grated
½ cup toasted breadcrumbs

Make Parmesan brodo: place rinds and water in a saucepan. Simmer 1½ hours. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Discard rinds. Cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt to the water. The water should taste like the sea. Add the pasta to the water and cook until just under al dente.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chili flakes. Cook the garlic until it just barely starts to turn brown. Immediately add ½ cup Parmesan brodo and simmer until the pasta is ready.

Add the pasta to the garlic oil. Add the butter, chives and grated Parmesan. Toss together and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Garnish with breadcrumbs.