Hot and Spicy

I don’t know what has happened to me.  I used to HATE spicy food.  I couldn’t stand how the spiciness made my mouth feel, it just hurt.  Over the past few years I’ve slowly gotten into more and more spicy foods. 

This pasta dish was pretty darn spicy.  However, it was a little dry.  Next time, I think we will add more olive oil.  I’m excited that my taste buds have grown up and are enjoying more adult foods.  Have you grown into or out of liking spicy foods?
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Pasta al pangrattato
from Jamie’s Food Revolution

  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, with leaves removed from stalk
  • 4 slices stale bread, crushed into small breadcrumbs
  • salt
  • 1 lbs fusilli
  • 8 anchovies and 2 Tbsp of oil from the tin
  • 1 lemon
cook fusilli according to package instructions.  When the pasta is halfway done cooking, heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Pour 2 T of the anchovy oil in the pan and when it gets hot, add the breadcrumbs.  Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme leaves and anchovies.  Continuously stir the ingredients for 4-5 minutes.
Drain the fusilli and add the pasta to the frying pan.  Save some of the cooking water to add to the pasta to loosen it up.  Squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the pasta and add some salt.

Nutritionals (Serves 6): Cals: 350, Fat: 8, Carb: 56, Fiber: 4, Protein: 11