Garlic Oil Substitute: If you don't have garlic-infused oil, use the same amount of regular cooking oil as the recipe calls for garlic oil. For every tablespoon of garlic oil, mince or finely chop 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic. Sauté the garlic in the oil over low heat until fragrant but not browned.
Cooking Pasta: Always cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water to ensure it doesn't stick together. Stir occasionally.
Blistered Tomatoes: Blistering tomatoes is a delicate process. Keep a close eye on them so they soften and char slightly without becoming overly mushy.
Fresh Herbs: Use chopped fresh herbs whenever possible. They provide color and a fresh taste that dried herbs can't replicate.
Add Heat: If you like a little kick, consider adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the pasta before serving.