Spelt Spaghetti with Green Garlic

spelt spaghetti green garlic

Green garlic is plentiful at our local farmer’s market right now, so we were happy to find Alice Walker’s recipe for spaghetti with green garlic. VitaSpelt Spelt Spaghetti works well for this dish. You could make this with whole spelt spaghetti; the sauce is robust enough to stand up to the chewier, more strongly flavored pasta.

Note the technique of reserving some pasta cooking water to make the sauce. The starch in the cooking water helps to emulsify the sauce so it coats the pasta better.

Spelt Spaghetti with Green Garlic

Spelt Spaghetti with Green Garlic Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves 4



  • Salt
  • 1 pound spelt spaghetti
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 heads green garlic (or 4 cloves regular garlic), thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • small pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the spelt spaghetti. Cook until al dente, testing it often (spelt spaghetti cooks a little faster than regular pasta). Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large (3-quart) saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and cook the mixture very slowly, stirring occasionally, until soft. Don’t let the onion caramelize too much; add a little water if necessary.
  3. Add the cooked, drained spelt spaghetti to the garlic mixture. Toss well to combine. Add some of your reserved pasta cooking water if necessary to bring the dish to a creamy consistency. Chop a couple of tablespoons of the green garlic scapes and garnish the spaghetti. Drizzle on a little more extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Adapted from http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/06/alice-waters-spaghetti-with-green-garlic.html

Author: Daniel Lieberman

Daniel Lieberman is a cook and writer living in the hills of Western Massachusetts. When he's not cooking he listens to opera and reads a lot.

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