Pasta has always been a comfort food for me. Any way shape or form, I created this dish as an easy go-to for me to make fast in the weeks after my dad passed away hence the name “Bad Day Pasta”. This week we had to put our dog down who has been apart of our family for 14 years and the way we lost him was devastating so it’s a good time to bring back my “Bad Day Pasta. This is a semi sad post so if you want to just skip forward to the recipe I understand.
When my dad passed away he had just gone to Costco and gotten 10 pounds of spaghetti when he passed away my mom feeling overwhelmed with the amount of stuff gave me the 10 pounds of pasta. In this time of comfort, I made this really quick and easy pasta recipe that took under 10 minutes to make (because that’s as much time as I wanted to spend in the kitchen). It consists of things that I usually have in my pantry at all time l (because I didn’t want to leave the house) like butter, good olive oi,l chili flakes, garlic and Parmesan cheese and that’s all it is. Once I got out of my fog of losing my dad and feeling a little more like my (new) self I started elevating my bad day pasta by adding lemon zest and anchovy, which I then call “Good Day Pasta”.
- 1/4 of a pound of dried spaghetti
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- ½ cup Parmasian, micro planed
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
- 1 Anchovie fillet, minced (optional)
- Salt to taste
- In a pot boil spaghetti to the package directions reserving a cup of the salted pasta water before draining the cooked noodles.
- In the same pan add butter minced garlic and chili flakes (anchovy if using) and sauté until the garlic is fragrant but not brown.
- Add cooked pasta back into the pot and adding pasta water tablespoon at a time until the pasta is well-coded in the butter and not dry but not enough water for there to be water on the bottom of the pot when you stir.
- Sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese (and lemon zest) into the pot adjusting the water consistency if needed and tasting for salt level, then remove from pot and add remaining cheese for garnish.