Cooking & Spirituality: Pasta Alio e Olio

By Lucia Ferrara

This recipe is low cost, easy and quick. If you’re looking for a budget friendly, fast meal for your family or just yourself, this is the meal to have: Pasta Alio e Olio or pasta with garlic and oil.

Seriously, this is so super simple. You can get this dish done in less than 30 minutes.

The ingredients are also super simple:

One bunch of parsley, chopped fine

5-6 cloves of garlic, diced

2 cups of olive oil

Pasta (any kind you like)

In today’s video , I use mastaccioli, because that is the pasta I like, but you can use whatever you like or have on hand, penne, spaghetti, or bow tie pasta all works with this recipe.

The trickiest part of this recipe is toasting the garlic but not burning it. I explain this in the video, so I hope you watch that.

 The articles and videos in the Cooking and Spirituality Series can be found here.

Like any Italian meal, you can serve Pasta Alio e Olio with bread, grated parmesan cheese and a glass of wine.  My mom would serve a bowl of soup with this dish. I think a really fresh garden salad would make a good side dish too.

Also today, I’d like to share with you a short reflection on cooking and spirituality. This comes from Mallika Chandrasekhar.

Cooking teaches a lot of spirituality. It teaches us to ….
    Marinate in our silences.
    Cut our fears.
    Wash our inferiorities.
    Clean our minds of negative energies.
    Chop, dice, grate our disappointments, regrets and doubts.
    Cook and process our understanding and intellect.
    Simmer with hope and love.
    Finally, garnish with a great sense of humor.
And there — you are ready to be the perfect person you were always meant to be.

I hope you give Pasta Alio e Olio a try. Tutti a tavola! (Everyone to the table!) God bless and good eating. Until next time ….

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