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Pucker up – Hot Lips

Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Peperoncino* Aglio,Olio e Peperoncino

Red Hot Peppers, Hot Lips, Hot mouth, sweating brow, flowing nose and crying eyes.

Yes, I think I put  in too much peperoncino.  But I adore this  classic and way too easy pasta dish, and yes, the tri-colori * three colour banner is flying all Italian.

This is one of those dishes where the temptation to eat another serving, if your flaming lips can  handle it, you just can’t resist. Each mouthful of spaghetti is like a heat bomb of  taste, a fire cracker of heated sparks of peperoncino, a tingling sensation , feeling like  you’ve just had a quick  silicon lip enhancement.

Yet another four ingredient recipe, Spaghetti,garlic, oil and peperoncino.


Recipe -2 servings

300 g of spaghetti ( dried pasta, good quality)

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic,  grated

1 tablespoon peperoncino-I use dried red chilli flakes (use less for less heat)


Cook spaghetti as instructions on the box. Boil water before adding the salt, try not to over cook the pasta and save a spoonful of this starchy water for later.

I like to infuse the oil with the garlic and peperoncino, and leave it to rest for about 10 minutes before using. Making one of those perfumed  flavour clouds hanging over my head in the kitchen.

This part is really quick….Heat a heavy base pan, add the infused oil mixture, cook until the garlic sizzles, watch the peperoncino sparks fly and believe me the  perfume will take your breath away.  Add the cooked and drained spaghetti, add a spoonful of the starchy water, stir the oil throught the pasta and wow, you’ve done it.

Most restaurants will have this classic dish on their menu. I can’t resist the heat of fresh red chillies, but if you like it extra hot go for those.

pasta dish



  1. lifeinarecipe says

    For a snack I do something similar when I have cold left over spaghetti. When I add the spaghetti I fry until heated through then I add a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and fry until the cheese is mixed in and melts. Scrape any melted cheese bits off the bottom of the pan and stir in well. Remove from the pan and serve sprinkled with some chopped fresh tomato. I love the crispy bits of garlic and cheese in the pasta, and the peppers just warm you through.

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