have any of you seen the movie chef? it’s my new all time favourite. for those of you who don’t know me personally (and this is a wide known fact for those that do), i am a complete sucker for romantic comedies. i haven’t really seen any classics that the general public thinks are quality movies – this pains some of my friends who are into film – or pretty much anyone who wants to watch a movie with me. i will never choose to watch an indie, action or drama if i’m watching something on my own, though i end up really liking them when i make it through one.
i will never watch a horror movie, regardless of how much you try and convince me. i just love a funny, feel good movie that makes me cry at least once but in a good way. you know, great 80’s movies by john hughes, cheesy 90’s like never been kissed or 10 things i hate about you (the latter isn’t even cheesy at all it’s a classic), anything with vince vaughn or rachel mcadams. pride and prejudice? how can you not tear up over “you have bewitched me body and soul and i love, i love i love you”, or colin firth in bridget jones diary? don’t tell me that doesn’t make you tingle. don’t even get me started on hugh grant and julia roberts in notting hill. i’m not even ashamed to admit that i watch these over and over. i love ending a movie and feeling all warm and fuzzy and smiling from ear to ear. some people would expect me to be embarrassed about this, but strangely i’m not. i appreciate a good film when i see one; i can understand the artistic direction of a solid movie, and good, meaningful story lines; but give me love actually or morning glory any day.
i rarely go to the theater to see movies, unless i’m having a craving for movie popcorn that can’t be ignored. i went to see this twice in two weeks. i saw the preview thanks to my guy about a month before it hit toronto, and i counted down the days until it arrived here. i knew from the trailer that it would be my new favourite.
so there’s this scene in which jon favreau makes scarlett johansson this pasta – really, really sexy pasta. this is exactly what pasta is supposed to be. simple, fresh ingredients. of course i’ve been craving that pasta since i had seen the movie for the first time. the only thing i added differently was prosciutto, but the rest of the very small ingredient list stayed the same. i want to eat this every. single. day. my nona would be proud.
Pasta Aglio e Olio (with Garlic and Oil)
*makes enough for 4 servings
1 pound dried spaghetti
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
12 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
4 slices prosciutto, thinly cut
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the spaghetti, cooking until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, reserving a little of the pasta water.
2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, prosciutto and shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Add the crushed red pepper and season with salt and pepper. Add the drained spaghetti to the pan and toss, adding a little of the pasta water, until the spaghetti is thoroughly coated.
3. Remove the pan from heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well. Check for flavor, adding more salt if necessary. Add the lemon juice, garnish with more Parmesan and serve with lemon wedges and crushed red pepper.
i googled the recipe from the movie and followed it exactly. it turned out beautifully. watch the trailer for chef below!