Although this is a simple dish, made primarily with pantry ingredients, it’s one of the tastiest fast meals you can have. I have made it when people turn up at the last minute for dinner and it always gets the “wow” factor. The main thing here is to have good quality ingredients. Pay the extra for the good olive oil and the best parmesan cheese. It’s worth it

Serves 4

1 lb spaghetti
12 garlic cloves
1/4 cup of your best olive oil
1&1/2 cups chicken broth
1 heaped cup of finely chopped Italian parsley
freshly ground black pepper
1&1/2 tbsp salt
lots of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Peel the 12 garlic cloves. Mince 6 of them and set aside.
Slice the remaining garlic.
Heat the olive oil in a small skillet and very gently saute the sliced garlic until golden brown, stirring. Take the skillet off the heat and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the salt. Add the spaghetti and cook until just al dente (DON’T overcook as you are cooking the pasta again later)
Drain the pasta and put into a large pot or skillet. Add the chicken broth to the pasta and simmer, stirring, until most of the chicken broth has been absorbed.
Add the heated olive oil with the sliced garlic to the pasta and the chopped parsley and minced garlic and toss thoroughly.

Divide the pasta evenly among heated bowls. Pour any remaining broth over the pasta and serve with generous amounts of grated parmesan cheese and ground black pepper.