Sriracha Spaghettini Aglio Olio

Yes, you read that right: Sriracha Spaghettini.

Sriracha might just be my favorite condiment ever. And spaghettini? Well you know that I love me some pasta. And little baby teeny versions of anything. (I giggle just by saying spaghettini because it sounds so cute!) I know that sriracha is a strong flavor already, so I decided to create a simple, no-fuss meal that highlights the spice.  And Sriracha Spaghettini Aglio Olio was born.

The sriracha spaghettini was my latest discovery at the Charles Square Farmers Market last week. I noticed that the Valicenti Organico (their website is gimmiespaghetti.com) stand was giving away little samples of pasta with “red gravy” and I immediately “gravy-tated” towards it (hah!)…

then I saw this beautiful display of pasta

And like a bull zeroing on the matador, I knew I had to try that gorgeous red pasta. I was so excited when the owner of the stall, chef David Valicenti, told me that it was sriracha spaghettini. He said he just tried making sriracha pasta on a whim but now he just can’t stop. I totally understand. I bought a 12-ounce pack of the fresh pasta for $7.

when I got home I got my ingredients ready for pasta aglio olio

Garlic. Olive Oil. Anchovies.

These are my building blocks for easy pasta dishes.

I sauteed these over medium heat with a couple tablespoons of extra virigin olive oil and a generous sprinkle of red pepper flakes

Fresh pasta cooks in abut two minutes, so I cooked the spaghettini as I was working on the sauce.

when the spaghettini was cooked, I tossed the fresh pasta with the sauce for about a minute, then topped with cubes of mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parsley

not only do I like the mild taste of mozzarella, but I also like the pop of white and specks of green against the bright red pasta. It’s nice to eat with my eyes first.

(I also really like my new Instagram filter.)

This dish combines some of my very favorite things in one bowl. The sriracha adds a unique Asian flavor to the classic Italian preparation. The fresh mozzarella tempers the saltiness from the anchovies and the spice from the pasta. And the garlic infused oil just melds everything together wonderfully.

Sriracha Spaghettini Aglio Olio

12 oz sriracha spaghettini (or any other flavored pasta of your choice)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 can anchovies
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 large cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste
fresh mozzarella cheese for topping
1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley, which is what I had on hand)

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add anchovies, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Break up the anchovies anchovies with a wooden spoon until they melt into the oil and garlic mixture.

Cook the pasta according to directions, making sure to add some salt to the boiling water before adding the pasta.   Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining.

Add reserved pasta water to the skillet, and then toss in the spaghettini, with some salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh mozzarella cubes and parley and serve immediately.

Ta-daa! A bowl of deliciousness: Sriracha Spaghettini Aglio Olio

I was very satisfied with this dish. I have been running regularly again, which means I am back to my pasta consumption habits, and which also means that I will be making more pasta dishes like this again soon. If you are so lucky as I am to find some sriracha spaghettini – or any spicy flavored pasta – try this recipe!

What is the most unique fresh pasta flavor you’ve tried?

   

30 Responses to “Sriracha Spaghettini Aglio Olio”

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    Daisy posted October 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I remember my mouth watering over these instagrams! Glad to get the recipe behind this beautiful dish!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted October 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Aglio e olio is one of my fave things to eat, I always add crushed pepper flakes, so sriracha pasta is such a good idea, I need to make this!

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    Beth @Sailing Foodie posted October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    That looks amazing and delicious! Can’t wait to try it! Looking forward to seeing you Thursday night!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 4th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Beth, see you at Perkins on Thursday!

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted October 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Oh WOW! Who knew this existed?! I’ve been making garlic and olive oil and I’ve been a happy camper about it … until now. Now I know that I’m missing a certain spicy pasta. ;) Thanks for the awesome info!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 4th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Yes, the sriracha really adds a different spice layer! If I’m out of the pasta, next time I’ll just add a squirt of sriracha ;)

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    Ericka Andersen posted October 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    This looks SO good! The mozzarella cubes are what sold me. I’ve never heard of this kind of pasta but I’d really like to make this meal. thanks for sharing!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 4th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Ericka! And when the mozzarella melts, it gets all gooey and covers the spaghettini, mmm-mmm!

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    Lindsay posted October 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    OMG I looooove Sriracha! This looks delish, will have to try! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is great, will check back regularly! x

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 4th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Linsday, thank you!

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    Michelle Collins posted October 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    This looks spicy and delicious!

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} posted October 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    You had me at Sriracha! This looks absolutely simple and amazing….I want some right now!

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    Heather posted October 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    What a unique pasta! Looks delicious :-)

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted October 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    My husband would LOVE this pasta…. gotta start figuring out how to make it! Love the photos!

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    Michelle posted October 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Um, you have know put the idea in my head to make sriracha gnocchi!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 6th, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Michelle, you are a genius.

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    Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas! posted October 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I absolutely love finding freshly-made pastas like this! I’m definitely going to have to head down to our local market asap for some inspiration. Beautiful dish! I’m sure it was delish!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 6th, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Madi, it was!

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    Elizabeth posted October 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Those chunks of mozz on top are seriously calling my name.

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    Megan posted October 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Wow. I’m not around this Sunday, but I will have to look for that pasta stand next Sunday. Great dish… though I fear sriracha!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted October 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Yummmmmm! I can not get enough sriracha!

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    Andres posted October 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Wow! Such great flavours…
    The combo of sriracha, garlic and anchovies sounds amazing : P.

    I’m going to give this a try tomorrow for lunch

    Cheers,
    Andres

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    Andres posted October 6, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I actually made it for dinner. Added onions, used regular fusili, and some sriracha and it was amazing!

    The mozarella perfectly mellows out the saltiness form the anchovies, what a delicious combination

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 6th, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Hi Andres, that’s great! I’m glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for the nice comments!

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    Joanne posted October 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Omg…so awesome! I wonder if I can recreate the sriracha spaghetti at home…

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    Beth (Well I'll Be) posted October 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Yum, I bet the srirachi flavor was an amazing addition to this past dish!

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    Kerstin posted October 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Srirachi pasta is such a cool idea! Your pasta looks perfect :)

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    shannon posted October 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    gravy-tated? ha. definitely a delicious looking dish, and now i’m intrigued by the pasta! who knows, maybe it’ll work its way into my next batch :)

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    Mary posted October 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS! This sounds so different. I am going on a hunt for that pasta!

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