Pasta With Garlic and Oil (Aglio E Olio)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

Easy and so good, if you love garlic then you love this pasta dish! adjust the garlic to taste, I use 4 tablespoons for this recipe, you might want to reduce that a bit. Increase the dried red pepper flakes for more heat!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring about 5 quarts of water to a boil with 3 teaspoons salt; add in the spaghetti and cook only until firm-tender; drain but RESERVE 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. Start this when you are boiling the pasta; Heat about 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet.
  3. Add in 3 tablespoons garlic and about 1/2 teaspoon salt with black pepper to taste; saute stirring often until the garlic is light brown (about 6-8 minutes) remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, parsley, lemon juice and about 2 tablespoons of pasta cooking water; mix to combine.
  4. Transfer the drained pasta to a large serving bowl; toss with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and the remaining reserved cooking water.
  5. Add in the garlic mixture; toss well to combine.
  6. Season with more black pepper and salt to taste if desired.
  7. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. Delicious!
Most Helpful

This is one of my favorite recipes. To add a little more flavor, dissolve a can of anchovies in the oil while browning the garlic.

Joemommaca December 18, 2010

Added shrimp, diced fresh roma tomatoes, and fresh chopped basil to the sauteing garlic for a more "main dish" meal. Delish!

Beki74 June 24, 2013

One of the best Aglio Olio recipe I ever tried. Made no changes as it's perfect just the way it is.

7Seven October 25, 2012