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Quick Spaghetti w/ leeks, chile, & 2 cheeses.


This is one of my go-to quick pasta dishes. Super easy and with little prep work, it’s perfect for when you don’t feel like spending a lot of time making dinner.

I used: (if I can remember correctly)
2 leeks, thinly sliced
A pound of spaghetti
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 Thai chile peppers (has a nice kick)
A few dried peppers
A nice sized knob of unsalted butter
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
A few cloves of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pecarino romano
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano
So start off by melting the butter in the olive oil. Add the leeks and cook them til they’re wilted. Then throw the garlic, Thai chile, lemon juice, and dried chiles in there. Cook for a few minutes.

When it starts to smell amazing, throw in the cheeses. When they start to melt toss in the cooked spaghetti with some of the boiling liquid. Toss on low heat until the pasta is all coated.

Serve in a shallow bowl. Top with more parmigiano and fresh black pepper. I couldn’t find my cheese grater so I had to use my knife haha.

I apologize if I left anything out, I’ve had a few glasses of Chianti. Cheers!

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