(From How to Cook)

This one is pure pasta eaten and savoured for its own sake with the minimum amount of adornment – just a hint of garlic, chilli and olive oil.


Serves 2


  • 8 oz (225 g) spaghetti or linguine
  • 4 tablespoons Italian extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 fat red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper

Begin by putting the pasta on to cook. Then, just heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and, when it is hot, add the garlic, chilli and some freshly milled black pepper. Cook these very gently for about 2 minutes, which will be enough time for the flavourings to infuse the oil.

When the pasta is cooked, return it to the saucepan after draining, then pour in the hot oil. Mix well, then serve straight away on warmed pasta plates.

This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book One and Delia’s Vegetarian Collection.