Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil)

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people


  • 400g (14 oz) spaghetti
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for serving)


  1. Prepare the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente (usually around 8-10 minutes).
    • Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and then drain the spaghetti.
  2. Cook the Garlic:
    • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the thinly sliced garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic turns a light golden brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic, as it can become bitter.
  3. Add Chili Flakes:
    • Sprinkle in the red chili flakes and stir for about 30 seconds to infuse the oil.
  4. Combine Pasta and Sauce:
    • Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet with the garlic and chili oil.
    • Toss well to coat the spaghetti in the oil. If the pasta seems too dry, add a bit of the reserved pasta water until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Season and Serve:
    • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
    • Transfer to serving dishes and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
    • If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.


  • For an added touch, you can also incorporate some lemon zest or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a zesty flavor.
  • If you like a bit of crunch, you can top the pasta with toasted breadcrumbs.

Items used in this recipe:

Spaghetti Strainer
Garlic Slicer
Stainless Steel Pot
Spaghetti Scoop

Enjoy your delicious and simple Spaghetti Aglio e Olio!

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