|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||26%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||14%|
|Total Carbohydrate 71g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||21%|
|Total Sugars 8g|
|Vitamin C 118mg||592%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you’re not familiar with bottarga, this will be a new and exciting recipe to add to your repertoire. Bottarga is fish roe that’s been salted and then pressed and dried in what is essentially a curing process. It makes bottarga a satisfyingly savory ingredient, salty and packed with umami flavor. In this dish, it adds a deliciously salty punch of flavor to fresh pasta, parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon.
While it can be a pricey item to keep on hand, you can usually find bottarga at specialty food stores or order it online. Purchase this ingredient grated in small amounts and add to vegetables, salads, pasta, on top of bagels, and even sprinkled on chowders and other soups.
This version of the pasta combines the salty, tangy flavor of bottarga with the spicy bite of red pepper flakes and the zest of lemon to create a well-rounded and simple dish. Pair this pasta with a lean protein like grilled chicken or prawns and a light green salad. You can add as much or as little of the red pepper as you desire, or you can remove it altogether if you aren’t a fan of spice.
"Some of my favorite recipes are those that are simple with tons of flavor. I have never had bottarga before, but it really does add a special something to the simple ingredients featured in this dish. If you are looking for a quick/easy recipe that is sure to impress, no need to look any further". —Kiana Rollins
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tablespoon grated bottarga, more to taste
12 ounces dry or fresh pasta, such as spaghetti or linguine
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Gather the ingredients.
Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant and golden, 5 to 6 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the bottarga. Set aside.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions to al dente.
Drain the pasta, reserving one cup of the pasta cooking water.
Add the cooked pasta to the bottarga mixture to the skillet and toss to coat.
Return the skillet to medium heat. Add some of the reserved pasta water, a splash at a time, if the pasta looks dry.
Toss with half the parsley, the lemon zest, and juice.
Transfer to a serving platter or individual plates and garnish with the remaining parsley. Serve immediately.
How to Store
This pasta dish is best served and eaten right after cooking. However, if you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container for up to five days. Reheat the pasta in the microwave until warmed through or on the stovetop in a skillet with about 1/4 cup of water or stock.