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Crisped Pasta
Olive oil

Cold cooked pasta, preferably penne, either plain or lightly sauced

Sea salt

Pasta sauce or other toppings

1. Place a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat.

2. Add just enough oil to barely cover the bottom of the skillet and heat for a couple of minutes until hot but not smoking.

3. Add a couple of handfuls of pasta, in clumps if necessary, and use a wooden spoon to gently level the pasta into a single layer. Do not crowd the skillet.

4. Cook, without stirring or even so much as peeking at the bottom of a single piece of pasta, until the pasta begins to blister, crisp and turn golden brown on the bottom, at least 2 minutes. If using penne, use the wooden spoon or a spatula, flip the pasta in chunks, much as you would a hash. If using spaghetti or linguine, wait a minute or two longer until the pasta forms a crisped nest and then deftly attempt to flip it all at once.

5. Continue to cook, increasing the heat slightly if necessary, until the pasta is slightly crisp, golden and puffed on the other side, about 3 minutes or so.

6. Transfer the pasta to a plate and sprinkle it immediately with sea salt. Top, if desired, with sauce or other toppings. Makes 1 to 2 servings.

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