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.

5 5

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

4 5

3.5 stars. It's a good recipe considering it is "pasta from nothing." Basically, you can make it from thin air and I really wasn't expecting this to be anything special. I added some dried crushed basil and more lemon juice. I was thinking this would be a watery mess, but it all incorporated quite nicely. I only cooked my garlic for about 3 mins. I think if I cooked it for the full 6 mins, I would have had burned garlic. I'd serve this as a side dish as it doesn't really have anything nutritious in it. It has a similar mouth feel of a cream sauce. It's good for what it is.