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    Garlic and Balsamic Pasta

    This is an awesome single-serving recipe that can easily be expanded for a
    family setting. most spices can be found in the everyday kitchen spice

    2oz uncooked pasta (your choice- i prefer shells)
    olive oil
    balsamic vinegar
    sea salt
    black pepper
    crushed red pepper flakes
    chopped garlic (I use store bought, in a jar with water)

    In a medium pot, bring water to a full boil, salt if desired. Cook your
    choice of pasta according to package directions (6-8 minutes for
    spaghetti, 12-14 for shells). Cover the bottom of a medium saucepan with
    one layer each of the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and basil. It
    should look somewhat like a dry meat rub. Add about a teaspoon of the
    chopped garlic to the mix and combine. If the water from the garlic does
    not bind all the elements in to a paste-like texture, add a little bit of
    olive oil to combine. When the pasta is about halfway through cooking,
    turn the heat on the saucepan to medium, and let the spices cook until you
    are ready to add them to your pasta. Your kitchen will smell amazing!
    Drain the pasta and transfer it to a serving bowl. Scoop your now
    simmering spices from their pan and add them to the pasta bowl. Mix. Now
    add, a few drops at a time, enough balsamic vinegar for your personal
    taste. It is a very strong flavor, so be careful not to overdo it! If the
    pasta feels like it is too dry, or if the spices are clumping and sticking
    together, add a slow drizzle of olive oil until you are satisfied.

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