Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cure That Cold: Garlicky Pasta

Garlic has been recognized for its medicinal health benefits for over 5,000 years. So, naturally, whenever I feel that scratching my the throat, along the warm tea with lemon & ginger, a garlic pill is in order. Better yet, up that garlic pill and go for the more delicious equivalent: garlicky pasta.

Here's a quick recipe to try at home, whether for infection-fighting purposes or simply because you're craving pasta but with little money to spare. This dish is surprisingly smooth and light, with the only bad side being some potentially potent breath. Don't worry, your partner will understand upon trying it themselves!

Garlicky Pasta

* 1/2 package whole wheat pasta
* 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
* 10 cloves garlic, roughly minced
* 1/4 C & 1 1/2 T, good olive oil
* 1 t & 1 t, raw pink Himalayan sea salt
* 1 T & 1 t, pepper
* 1 clove garlic, roughly minced

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place 1/2 package of whole wheat pasta in a large pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions.
3. In a large bowl, toss together halved tomatoes with 1 1/2 T olive oil, 1 t salt, and 1 t pepper, mixing well. Place tomatoes on baking sheet and put in oven to bake roast.
4. Now for the (more difficult) fun part! You'll smell like garlic for a while, but its a good thing! To really get the juice out of the garlic, you have one of two options. Either use a garlic press and press the hell outta them, or use the flat end of the knife (plus a little sprinkle of salt) and squeeze on the minced garlic until it begins to release its juices, repeat a few times. Place pressed garlic in a small dish and set aside.
5. In a large frying pan, heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and set to low heat, simmering until about a minute after it becomes fragrant (don't let the garlic brown).
6. As the garlic cooks, drain pasta well. Add pasta to the frying pan once the garlic has become fragrant.
7. Remove tomatoes from the oven and toss them in with the pasta, mixing well on low to avoid any browning.
9. Add remaining 1 t salt and 1 T pepper, mixing well. Remove the pan from the heat.
10. At this point, I like to add some extra fresh, uncooked garlic for the added health benefit, so I threw in the additional minced garlic clove after pressing it thoroughly. Feel free to also add fresh herbs of your choice. Enjoy!

A few notes about Garlic:
* Garlic has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure

* It has also been studied for its ability to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, particularly through reducing the risk of blood clots

* Garlic's antibacterial effects have been recognized for hundreds of years and is still used as a home remedy for fighting off colds



  1. Health benefits or not this sounds delicious with all of that garlic :)!

  2. It is delicious! Garlic is hands-down one of my favorite spices, my apartment goes through it like water :)

    By the way, your site is amazing! I already have a list of choices of cake recipes to try :)

  3. I just made this, with a few adjustments for what I had on hand, and my mom and I LOVE it! My mom is battling colon cancer, and garlic has been shown to be the #1 cancer-fighting food for many types of cancer, including colon. I love making food for her that I know is getting in there and kicking those cancer cells! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. I've been worn down with a cold for 5 days with an abscure appetite to boot. In searching for something to make I found this recipe and made it right away. I followed this recipe to a T and found it was quite delicious. Next time though I'll cut half the oil and half the salt and add fresh basil. Thanks for the great recipe. 

    Be well,