Okay, we are in the eye of the Holiday Hurricane, and it’s a whirlwind of eggnog, roast beast, champagne, peppermint bark, canapes, and mountains and mountains of cookies. From party to party, wrapping and unwrapping, and sending whatever licensed driver happens to be nearby to the supermarket for just one more thing.
Can you drive yet? No? Are you sure? Okay, I’ll have to find someone else.
Anyway, I promise you that in the midst of all this merriment, there WILL be a meal or two where you aren’t supposed to be cooking fancy stuff for a crowd, or being part of the crowd for whom fancy stuff is being cooked. And much as we love all of that, the lulls in between are a little bit of a relief, and that’s when you need something easy and delicious and simple. Something for which you probably have all the stuff in your pantry, so you don’t have to brave the supermarket.
That’s where this pretty much perfect pasta dish called Aglio e Olio comes in. (Or Aglio y Olio, depending on where you look. Once again, I am an Irish-American girl venturing out onto shaky ground here.) What I can tell you with complete confidence is that if you have a chance in all the hustle and bustle to have a simple comforting dish of something simple for supper, this has your name on it. It’s a quick concoction of garlic cooked in olive oil, tossed with a whole lot of fresh chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese. It’s ready in about 20 minutes, and after you have a bowl of this I think you might agree with me that there’s nothing else in the world that is quite this relaxing.
Maybe taking a nap with your dog in your Christmas socks is more relaxing than aglio e olio. But that’s it.
Merry happy ho-ho-ho!!!
Recipe from Ina Garten’s HOW EASY IS THAT