1 pound dried spaghetti
1/3 cup good olive oil
8 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 1/2 cups reserved pasta water
breadcrumbs (optional to garnish)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions making sure to properly salt your water. When pasta is done cooking, reserve 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water for the sauce.
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot (large enough to hold the pasta). Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes making sure to stir frequently so that the garlic doesn't burn. Add in the red pepper flakes and ground black pepper and cook for another 30 seconds.. Add in the pasta water and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce for five minutes until sauce has reduced by a third.
3. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss together with tongs. Add in the fresh parsley and continue to toss. Let the pasta sit for 5 minutes before serving so that the sauce absorbs into the pasta. Serve with breadcrumbs to top if desired.