This week the theme for IHCC (I Heart Cooking Clubs) is garlic breath :o) 
While garlic breath may not be pleasant to be around, it sure is enjoyable to eat the food that causes it!
I decided to go with something simple – Linguini with Garlic and Oil.  Bittman says linguini is traditional but any type of pasta would work – which is what I used – any type of pasta.  I love bowtie pasta and thought it would not only be easier to eat but prettier.
Bow Tie Pasta with Garlic and Oil
How to Eat Everything by Mark Bittman
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 or 2 small dried red chiles or red hot pepper flakes to taste
1 pound long, thin pasta like linguine or spaghetti, or any other pasta
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it.  Put the oil, garlic, chilis and a pinch of salt in a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat.  Let the garlic sizzle a bit, shaking the pan occasionally, just until it turns golden, about 3 minutes.  Turn off the heat if pasta isn’t ready.
Coo pasta until it is tender but not mushy.  When it is done, drain it, reserving a bit of the cooking water.  Reheat the garlic and oil mixture briefly if necessary.  Dress the pasta with the sauce, adding a little more oil or some of the cooking water if it seems dry.  Taste and adjust the seasoning, then toss with parsley if your using it.
I went with Bittman’s suggestion of garlic, oil, and fresh herbs.  I have a nice pot of basil thanks to my son & DIL  – so I skipped the parsley and used fresh basil leaves.  I also added some grated fresh parmesean just before serving.  YUMMY.  Grumpy and I both enjoyed this dish and will definitely be a regular on our table!

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Kait May 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Simple and delicious. We have a rule in our house. If one person eats garlic, the other person has to eat some too 🙂

  2. bellini valli May 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    It is pretty and as long as Grumpy is eating the garlic-infused dish too it is all good:D

  3. Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog May 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    My comfort garlicky food that I eat several times per month love this recipe!

    I kill the garlic breath with minty desserts 🙂



  4. Cathy May 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Love the garlic and a little kick from the pepper. This is a perfect side dish for summertime barbecues.

  5. 5 Star Foodie May 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    The garlicky flavor sounds terrific! I've been making lots of dishes with garlic lately because my daughter finally admitted that garlic is not really spicy but flavorful and likes it 🙂

  6. Cristine May 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Looks beautiful and sounds delicious!

  7. pegasuslegend May 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    looks beautiful thats all I use is garlic….perfect!

  8. Mags May 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Two garlic breaths cancel each other out, so as long as you don't kiss anyone but Grumpy, no one's the wiser!

  9. Joanne May 27, 2010 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    I love linguine but bow ties definitely do this classic justice. What a great dish!

  10. Holly May 28, 2010 at 2:02 am - Reply

    MmmmYum this looks and sounds delish!

  11. pigpigscorner May 28, 2010 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Simple and delicious!

  12. girlichef May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Yum, this was a great choice…sounds simple and delicious! And the bowties are pretty 😉

  13. Claudia May 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I love the little bowties, and with all that parsley and garlic, so good and good for you too.

  14. Debinhawaii May 30, 2010 at 12:13 am - Reply

    A beautiful and simple dish to let the garlic shine through. Great pick!

  15. Kim May 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    The bowties are very popular at my house too. I bet it was gobbled up very quickly. Looks delicious 🙂

  16. ohtastensee May 31, 2010 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Love the pasta..simple and garlicky…

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