Pasta Agilio...Soba Style!

Sounds familiar, but looks different, doesn't it?  That's because I decided to make Pasta Agilio with Japanese Soba noodles instead.  You know how I am about substituting when I don't have all the ingredients or when I dare not go out in the heat AGAIN just to get spaghetti.  My last trip to the Asian Market left me with a supply of Japanese Soba Noodles in my pantry, so that's what I used.

With this summer heat, a quick and easy meal like this, is just what you need.

If you're unfamiliar with Pasta Agilio, it's a basic Italian dish using pasta, olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper.  Anything else you might add is totally up to you.

{Pasta Agilio...Soba Style}
soba noodles
extra virgin olive oil
minced garlic
crushed red pepper
grated Parmesan cheese
fresh basil, chiffonaded
black pepper

  1. Boil water in a saucepot and then add soba noodles.  (They take 5 minutes to cook.)
  2. Meanwhile have olive oil in a skillet heating up.
  3. Once the soba noodles are done, drain them.
  4. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper to the olive oil.  Sauté to release the fragrance into the oil.
  5. Combine the soba noodles and olive oil mixture in a bowl (or back into the sauce pot).(If you are using spaghetti, then you will probably need to add a little salt.  Soba noodles have a little of a salty taste so I didn't want to add any salt.  In fact I even rinsed my noodles off with hot water once they were done to further rid of the salt.)
  6. Plate the dish, then top with grated cheese, cracked black pepper, and fresh basil.
* If you noticed, I didn't put any exact measurements because this really is up to your taste buds.  I really like garlic, but although I love to use EVOO, I don't like to have an olive oil aftertaste in my mouth.  For a one serving dish, like I made, I perhaps used a 1/4 c of olive oil and 1 1/2 tsp of minced garlic.  I think the idea is to use enough olive oil, especially that will coat the amount of noodles you have prepared.

Bon Appetit,

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  1. This looks delicious! Of course I can't eat soba but I bet this would be perfect with rice noodles too!

  2. Looks light and fresh, perfect for summer!

  3. OOOOOH MYYYYY GOOOOOODNESSSSS! This looks so delicious! I'm going to try this very soon!

  4. This looks absolutely amazing!!! thanks so much for linking up at - hope to see more soon :)

  5. Looks delicious. Will have to put this on my list of recipes to try. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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