1/2 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound angel hair pasta
Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. In a medium skillet, heat the oil over low heat. Add the garlic and about 1/2 tsp of salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant and softened, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to brown the garlic. Add 1 cup of the hot pasta water and simmer over medium heat until the liquid reduces a bit. Keep warm over very low heat.
Add the pasta to the boiling salted water and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the sauce, season with salt to taste, and fresh black pepper. Toss gently to combine and serve immediately.