The Basics: How to Make Garlicky Spaghetti

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free of measurements and complicated techniques. A method that you can have in your back pocket and whip out whenever you like. We call it recipe-free cooking.

You'll need:
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  • a pot
  • a wooden spoon
  • a timer
  • a knife
  • a ladle
  • a small bowl or a heatproof measuring cup
  • oven mitts
  • a colander
  • a one-pound box of spaghetti
  • two to three medium garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • red chile flakes (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Illustrations by Bill Russell

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