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    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    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!

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    1. 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. 2
      Start this when you are boiling the pasta; Heat about 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet.
    3. 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. 4
      Transfer the drained pasta to a large serving bowl; toss with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and the remaining reserved cooking water.
    5. 5
      Add in the garlic mixture; toss well to combine.
    6. 6
      Season with more black pepper and salt to taste if desired.
    7. 7
      Serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese.
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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 18, 2010

      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.

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    • on October 25, 2012


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

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    • on May 14, 2010


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta With Garlic and Oil (Aglio E Olio)

    Serving Size: 1 (200 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 700.1
    Calories from Fat 261
    Total Fat 29.0 g
    Saturated Fat 5.7 g
    Cholesterol 11.0 mg
    Sodium 1947.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 88.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 20.3 g

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