Tuxedo Pasta Aglio e Olio

by Michelle on February 17, 2011

Isn’t this pasta a hoot! I picked it up at Homegoods right before Christmas along with several other unique pasta shapes. Most of the specialty stores stock so much fun food during the holidays and I always look forward to it. But I do think the black-striped Farfalle is about the cutest pasta I’ve seen so far. On the package it says “black fish ink” which I’m assuming is the ink from Cephalopods or Cuttlefish which was used to dye the black stripes. I expected the black stripes to fade a bit when I cooked the pasta but it didn’t fade at all.

Aglio e Olio has always been one of my favorite ways to prepare pasta. It is so easy and so versatile to make. I know that most recipes are just olive oil, garlic, pasta and hot pepper but I add a few more ingredients just to spice it up a bit. For this dish I added sliced green onions, mini red, orange and yellow sweet peppers.

My market stocks 2 lb bags of cute mini sweet peppers for $2.49 and I buy them all the time. I like to keep them on hand because they look so pretty in just about any dish. I know I could buy the large peppers but I rarely ever use a whole pepper at time and let’s fact it, once cut sweet peppers do not keep very long and spoil within days. But with the mini peppers I can use a whole pepper with no problem and each cut is a perfect ring and adds just the right POP of color.

Tuxedo Pasta Aglio e Olio
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1 pound dried pasta (spaghetti, linguine, or your favorite pasta)
3-4 TBL extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced in halt
1/2-1 tsp Hot Hungarian Paprika or 1 tsp hot pepper flakes, crushed
3-4 green onions, sliced including tops
Sweet Pepper, red, yellow, orange sliced into rings
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Garnish with grated Parmesan Cheese

1. Meanwhile in a heavy bottomed skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium low heat.
2. Add garlic halves and sauté until golden brown on all sides. Turn off heat, remove garlic to a cutting board and mash the softened cloves with a fork. Set aside.
3. Fill a large pot with water and put in on high heat until to comes to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just barely la dente.
4. Drain pasta.
5. While the pasta is draining reheat the oil.
6. Add the mashed garlic, green onions and sweet pepper to the oil. Stir and then add the pasta. Toss to combine. Heat for about 1 minute. (I like my onions and peppers sort of crunchy so I don’t cook them very long.)
7. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and serve hot. Enjoy.



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  • zerrin February 17, 2011 at 2:31 am

    This pasta looks gorgeous! I love that black stripe, looks so bright and outstanding. Wish I could find it here, too.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 17, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Absolutely love this!!

  • Jeanette February 17, 2011 at 5:39 am

    The pasta and the colored peppers go together gorgeously!

  • Lori E February 17, 2011 at 8:08 am

    You have to serve that pasta on Halloween for sure. Pretty cool and just pretty.

  • Gene Bowker February 17, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Great photos.. making me drool to try some of that pasta salad

  • Bonnie February 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    The pepper rings remind me of colored calamari rings. So colorful. I bet it tasted great too.

  • Melanie February 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Very pretty dish! I’ll have to remember about those teeny sweet peppers when I go to the store next. I know what you mean about the large peppers. Sometimes it takes me three or four meals to go thru one and by that time they’re soft and no good. I love finding unusual pastas too. Fresh Market had some multicolored heart shaped pasta for Valentines Day. So cute!

  • tasteofbeirut February 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The pasta is so much fun! Next time I make pasta I will remember to add some squid ink! (you can find these for real cheap at the fishmongers). Great sauce too!

  • sheryl aronow February 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I’ve never seen this pasta before, but I will head over to my Homegoods today to try and find some. I think it makes a spectacular looking dish. It’s very fresh and simple!

  • Mags@OtherSideofFifty February 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I love it! So elegant, yet funky looking. So fun!

  • Ryan February 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Multi-coloured pasta is just the ticket for the kids, all I need now is multi-coloured veg.

  • deeba February 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I want it all Michelle…the black ink pasta, those prettier than I can believe coloured little peppers, and the amazing knife! Gorgeous!

  • Grace February 19, 2011 at 6:46 am

    This looks amazing Michelle – Aglio e Olio is a fav – wish I could find this pasta.

  • kat February 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    The stripe of black just really dresses it up.

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