Spaghetti with Olio Nuovo

There's no denying it: our olio nuovo is precious. In fact, from time to time customers tell us how they hide their new oil from roommates or family members to savor it as long as possible. While this news is flattering, we urge you not to do it for two reasons: 1: Olio Nuovo is a celebratory oil meant to be shared with friends and family. Doesn't everything taste better with good company? 2. Olio Nuovo is not wine. It's bright flavor of freshly cut greens and intense aroma will fade away, so enjoy it now. We promise there will always be another harvest.... In the spirit of savoring the moment, here's a simple dish made extra special with our new oil:
(from The New American Olive Oil,by Fran Gage) 4 to 6 servings Ingredients:
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti, preferably Italian
  • 6 Tbsp (3 ounces) olio nuovo, divided
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. dried red chile flakes
  • fleur de sel
Instructions: Bring about 5 quarts of generously salted water to boil in a large pot. Add the spaghetti and cool until al dente, about 12 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a small pot over medium heat until it trembles, becomes aromatic, and easily coats the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add the red chile flakes and turn off the heat. Drain the pasta. Add the oil with the garlic and pepper, the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil, and a sprinkling of fleur de sel. Toss until all the strands of pasta glisten. Serve immediately.
Our 2009 Olio Nuovo should be available for a few more weeks both online and in our Ferry Building shop. The New American Olive Oil by Fran Gage is available in our Ferry Building shop.