From the comments and emails I've been getting from y'all, it looks like we all need more quick and easy dinners for the always-busy fall months. So here we are!
This is not only quick and easy, it's also one of my absolute favorite dinners. The simplicity is what makes it so good. It's totally family-friendly, but also feels a little special (the egg addition really makes it). Chances are you have these ingredients lying around already, so you can whip it up in no time at all (hence the name). So what are you waiting for?
Late-Night Pasta (adapted from Martha Stewart)
6 oz. spaghetti or tagliolini
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely cracked black pepper, plus more for serving
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (or sub Parmesan, if you prefer)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt well, add pasta and cook according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until onion begins to soften.
While onion is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over low heat. Crack eggs into skillet and cook until whites are just set, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic and red pepper flakes to skillet with and onion and stir to combine. Add 1/4 cup pasta water to the skillet. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Add 3 tablespoons butter and reduce heat to low. Add cheese and toss until well-combined.
Divide pasta between 2 bowls. Top with egg and parsley. Add some cracked black pepper, and devour!