Spaghetti with Garlic

There’s a Garlic Festival coming up this weekend.  It’s a wonderful time to visit old friends, taste test all sort of garlic dishes (garlic ice cream anyone?), and stock up on braids of garlic for your pantry.  This is one of my favorite ways to use garlic for a quick family supper:

Cook enough spaghetti for your family (there’s only 2 of us now, so about 1/3 of a box is plenty for us).  In the meantime, mince several cloves of garlic.  If you sprinkle the garlic cloves with salt before you start chopping and mincing, the garlic won’t be so sticky.  Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy pan, add the minced garlic. Stir and cook until the garlic is lightly browned, remove from heat.  Drain the spaghetti, stir in the garlic and oil, top with sliced cherry tomatoes and serve with grated parmesan.  Now that I’m thinking of it, maybe I should make more!

After all that mincing, you may want to remove the scent from your hands (I kind of like it!).  Green Circle Grove’s “Clean Earth”—olive oil based old fashioned lye soap—lathers the scent right down the drain. 

Stop by the Cuba (NY) Garlic Festival on Saturday or Sunday (September 15 and 16) to say hello!

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