Pasta With Garlic and Oil—aglio E Olio

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Mom2Eight

Simple, easy, yummy. I like the add grilled shrimp or chicken to this.

Top Review by nsomniak6

This is my favorite Aglio E Olio recipe and I first saw it on Cook's Illustrated. I was planning on posting this but since it was already here, I figured I would review it. Cooking the garlic slowly over low heat really enhances the flavor without adding the bitterness of overcooked garlic. I love adding the last TBLSPN at the end as it adds a wonderful garlic punch. I can't really add the red pepper flakes because my kids can't handle any heat. The lemon juice really brightens the flavors also. This is a ridiculously simple recipe that is packed with garlic flavor, it may be overpowering for some people, but I LOVE garlic! Thanks for taking the time to post.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, set large heatproof serving bowl on rack and heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil, covered, in large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add pasta and 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt to boiling water, stir to separate pasta, cover, and cook until al dente; reserve 1/3 cup pasta cooking water and drain pasta.
  3. While water is heating, combine 3 tablespoons oil, 3 tablespoons garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon table salt or sea salt flakes in heavy-bottomed nonstick 10-inch skillet; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until garlic foams and is sticky and straw-colored, 10 to 12 minutes. Off heat, add remaining tablespoon raw garlic, red pepper flakes, parsley, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons pasta cooking water to skillet and stir well to keep garlic from clumping.
  4. Transfer drained pasta to warm serving bowl; add remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and remaining reserved pasta cooking water and toss to coat. Add garlic mixture and 3/4 teaspoon table salt or 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes to pasta; toss well to combine. Serve immediately, sprinkling individual bowls with portion of Parmesan, if desired.

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