This is a nice light pasta entree that has a very nice mixture of aromatic herbs. Pastas like spaghetti aromatici are usually part of an Italian multi course formal dinner.The key herb in spaghetti aromatici is fresh mint. The rest of the herbs are better if they are fresh, but dried herbs can be used too. Spaghetti aromatici is an olive oil sauce pasta.
Spaghetti Aromatici Recipe:
Spaghetti takes 8 to 10 minutes to be cooked al dente. The sauce only takes 4 or 5 minutes to make. It is best to start boiling the pasta, then wait for 2 to 3 minutes before starting the sauce!
Boil 1 portion of spaghetti pasta in water over high heat.
Cook the spaghetti, till it becomes al dente.
Wait till the pasta is almost halfway cooked, before starting the aromatici sauce.
Heat a saute pan over medium/medium low heat.
Add 1 generous splash of olive oil. (About 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons is plenty.)
Add 2 cloves of thin sliced garlic.
Saute till the garlic turns a golden color.
Reduce the temperature to very low heat.
Add sea salt and cracked black pepper.
Add 1 pinch of oregano.
Add 1 pinch of sage.
Add 1 small pinch of thyme.
Add 2 pinches of chopped Italian parsley.
Add 2 chopped basil leaves.
Add 1 pinch of chopped rosemary.
Add 1 pinch of marjoram.
Add 8 chopped mint leaves.
Stir herbs garlic and olive oil together.
Drain the water off of the al dente spaghetti pasta.
Add the pasta to the sauce in the saute pan.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
Toss the sauce and pasta together.
Place the spaghetti aromatici into a shallow pasta bowl.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
The aroma of this pasta is so fragrant! The mint adds a nice fresh flavor that accents the flavor of the other savory herbs. This is an authentic regional Italian pasta entree that does not get the attention it deserves. Spaghetti aromatici is simply yummy! Ciao Baby! ... Shawna