Give it a twirl.Gather Journal Spaghetti with Shredded Radicchio and Black Olives
In Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, Patrick Bateman ponders his dining companions’ gruesome demises over free-range squid and radicchio. Could his affinity for the Italian chicory have been a sign of his sinister side? A study by Appetite found that people who preferred bitter foods had more aggressive and antisocial tendencies than others. But if loving our spaghetti laced with threads of bitter radicchio is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Heat 3 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add crumbs and a pinch of salt and sauté, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Stir in parsley and transfer crumbs to a plate. Wipe out skillet and reserve.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until barely al dente, about 2 minutes less than package instructions. Reserve a cup of pasta water, then drain.
While pasta cooks, heat 2 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium-high heat and sauté shallot until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add radicchio and cook, stirring, until wilted and darkened, 3-4 minutes. Toss in olives. Add pasta to skillet and season with pepper. Add ¾ cup of pasta water, stirring together over medium heat until water has been mostly absorbed, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon zest and remaining Tbsp oil.
Serve pasta with a squeeze of lemon, parsley crumbs, and Parmesan.