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4.34 from 3 votes

Calabrian Chili Pasta

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Gaby


  • 1 pound Cassarecce Pasta
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoons Calabrian hot pepper paste
  • 1 cup shredded pecorino optional


  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook the Cassarecce according to the package directions. Once al dente, drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water for future use and set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the lemon zest (saving the lemon juice for later) and sauté for 15 seconds. Add the Calabrian hot pepper paste and stir until everything is evenly incorporated.
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine. If you need to add a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to thin it out, go ahead. Add the lemon juice and toss to combine. Season with salt to taste.
  • Sprinkle the pecorino over the pasta if desired and toss to coat and serve immediately.