Jon Favreau’s Chef Movie “Scarlett’s Pasta” Recipe

July 20, 2019

Jon Favreau’s Chef Movie “Scarlett’s Pasta” Recipe

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In 2014… actor, writer and director Jon Favreau made and starred in the movie “Chef”. I have admittedly seen this about 6 times. Favreau plays a chef who, after a public altercation with a food critic, quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant to operate a food truck with his young son. It co-stars Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale and Dustin Hoffman, along with Robert Downey Jr. in a cameo role. And big love to food truck owner and chef Roy Choi who served as a co-producer and oversaw the menus and food prepared for the film. If you love foodie stuff and cooking, you WILL enjoy this very entertaining film!

Throughout the film his character whips up some quite incredible eats, and even paying attention it’s really hard to take notes… and these dishes look incredible! Well more recently Favreau expanded on this experience and thanks to the Netflix produced “The Chef Show”, these delectable eats are revealed. Still you have to watch fast though.

So after so after a bit of crafting and some kitchen testing, I am happy to announce that I’m able to make it available right here, and you are sure to love this very flavorful pasta experience. Be sure you have everything prepped and ready since you’ll need to grab things quickly. As instructed, be sure to let the mixture thicken for a minute when it’s ready, and add salt to taste. The flavor bursts!



Jon Favreau's Chef Movie 'Scarlet's Pasta' Recipe

July 20, 2019
: 4
: 15 min
: 15 min
: 30 min


  • Half a Lemon
  • Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • 2-3 TBSP Butter
  • 1 Cup Chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1 Pinch Chili Flakes or Hot Pepper Flakes
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 4 TBSP Salt (Divided)
  • 3 Cloves Thin Sliced Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Cup Pasta Water
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 16oz. Spaghetti
  • Step 1 Slice garlic cloves thin (do not chop) and remove stems from parsley. Chop parsley fine and set all this aside. Have all your ingredients handy and ready since you will need to get to them quickly.
  • Step 2 Bring water with 3TBSP salt to a boil and add pasta. Cook for 10-12 minutes till al dente. Save 2 cups of the hot pasta water (for possibly creating more liquid) before draining.
  • Step 3 About 5 minutes before your pasta is ready, heat the olive oil in large pan on medium and add the sliced garlic. Toss gently and after about 30 seconds add the hot pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Cook and toss for about 30 seconds.
  • Step 4 Add parsley, cooked pasta, pasta water to your liking, butter and squeeze in the half lemon (watch for seeds). Stir gently and bring to gentle boil. Add more fresh pepper and salt. Toss the mixture well to fully coat and turn off heat.
  • Step 5 Let mixture set about 30 seconds so liquid thickens a bit. Serve hot and top with fresh grated parmesan. You WILL love this.

18 thoughts on “Jon Favreau’s Chef Movie “Scarlett’s Pasta” Recipe”

  • On step 2 of instructions. It says “ 3TBSP salt and 2 TBSP” To a boil.
    2 TBSP of what? Theres a word missing there.

    • Whoops! Sorry about that. It’s simply 3 TBSP of salt. Nothing else. Thanks for bringing that to my attention and thanks for stopping by! Please tell your friends and I hope you enjoy the website.

      • I’ve found and made several versions of the Chef Show pasta. One called for a Tablespoon of chili flakes! My mouth burned for days!! I’ve made this pasta three times but this version I made last night and it came out perfect! The only change I made was using 1/4 cup of parsley instead of a full cup. And I used juice of 2 lemons. I printed and am saving this version. It’s the BEST!

        • Tweak, tweak, tweak! I love it too. One of my faves. BTW how did you find the website? Glad to be of service Susan and thanks much for the input.

  • Why did you say to keep 2 cups of pasta water and add it in but the recipe calls for 1 to 1.5 cups of pasta water. Misleading!!

    • I’m sorry you didn’t find it to your liking, and thank you for pointing out the error! I have since corrected that along with adding a bit of detail regarding the pasta water. Try it again! I didn’t REALLY have it to my liking until around the third try! Thanks much for stopping by!

    • I saved 2 cups of water. It’s a safe bet to do. You need to add some water a little at a time and check for consistency. I’ve made this several times and learned to adjust the amount if water. I found that one cup us usually enough. Depends on how thick/ pasty you like it.

      • Thank you Susan… I have edited the recipe accordingly regarding pasta water.. Good tip! Best to have too much than too little!

  • Just made this and it was way too spicy with the red pepper flakes (and I only used a tsp). Next time I’ll make it without the flakes, otherwise this is a restaurant quality recipe.

    • Hi! A little red pepper flakes go a long way that’s for sure! I apologize for the bit of error. I will edit for “a pinch”. I’m so glad you like the recipe and glad you stopped in!

  • This was fantastic! I was so excited to find this recipe. As I’m typing this my breathe reeks of garlic but who cares? Haha! Drooled over this in the movie Chef and then again when watching The Chef Show on Netflix. Thank you for sharing your Scarlett’s Pasta recipe with us! I cheated on my low carb for this!

  • I’ve made this dish.. but add cubed chicken adn also a mix of cheeses with pimento (for a little more ‘twang”) in addition to the crushed red chili flakes…. It’s SENSATIONAL!

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