Bertucci's Corporation, a casual-dining chain, owns a collection of full-service Italian restaurants that operate under the name "Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria." During the early years of the 21st century there were roughly 80 Bertucci's restaurants scattered throughout the northeastern United States, each of which featured wood-fired brick ovens, which cook hotter than conventional pizza ovens, and served Tuscan-styled food, including gourmet pizzas, salads, soups, seafood, and pasta dishes. Founded in suburban Boston by Joseph Crugnale, Bertucci's expanded quickly during the 1980s and 1990s, growing from a single restaurant in 1981 to a sprawling restaurant chain by the mid-1990s. N.E. Restaurant Co. Inc., Bertucci's owner since 1998, adopted the Bertucci's name in 2001.

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Spinach and Artichoke Aglio Olio


A delightful combination, gently sauteed with roasted garlic and Aglio Olio

SPINACH & ARTICHOKES
Bertucci's Brick Oven Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 pound dry linguini
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
freshly ground black pepper

freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add 2 tablespoons salt. Add the linguine and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until al dente, tender but not mushy. Try to time it so that the garlic is done when the pasta is ready.

While the pasta cooks, place a large skillet over low heat and add the oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, or until the garlic softens and then becomes a light golden color. It is important not to let the garlic get too brown as this will result in a bitter, unpleasant taste.

Drain the pasta in a colander set in the sink, reserving about 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking water. Add the pasta and the reserved pasta water, a little at a time, to the garlic mixture. Toss well to aerate the pasta, making the sauce slick and creamy. Sprinkle in the parsley, toss well to coat evenly, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to a large warm serving bowl or divide among 4 warm shallow bowls. Pass the grated cheese around the table for serving.

Notes: This pasta recipe is as simple as it gets. In this timeless Italian peasant dish, hot pasta is tossed with lots of fresh garlic sauteed in olive oil, seasoned with a little crushed red pepper, and finished off with Parmesan cheese.  This basic pasta dish leaves much room for improvisation and versatility. Add sauteed zucchini, spinach, steamed broccoli, artichoke hearts, or your favorite grilled vegetables.

1 comment:

  1. I will definitely have to try this recipe. I love putting artichokes in my Aglio Olio. I will have to try it at the restaurant before I make the recipe, though, so I know if it turns out right. I love going out to eat. http://www.gabrielsrestaurant.ca/en/

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