Umbrian Style Hot Garlic and Olive Oil Spaghetti

READY IN: 17mins
Recipe by labouchet

A quick meatless sauce from Umbria - the regional version of the classic garlic and oil. Adjust the heat to taste, but it is meant to be fairly hot.

Top Review by Teej4734

This was delicious and easy to make. I used whole wheat spaghetti noodles and broke them in half. I think it would work with any pasta! It was very, very tasty, but not really spicy hot. I used a jalapeno for the green chile. My husband and I thought we would make it spicier next time by doubling the garlic, green chile pepper, ginger, and black pepper. Thanks for the great recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prep ingredients while water boils for pasta- sauce is quickly prepared once spaghetti is cooking.
  2. Heat a heavy based pan (large enough to hold the cooked pasta later on).
  3. Add oil, garlic, chile, ginger, salt and pepper and continue heating until pieces begin sizzling, and garlic is starting to turn golden.
  4. Add the parsley and lemon/vinegar, lower heat and keep warm until pasta is cooked.
  5. When pasta is done, use tongs (or two large forks) to put directly from the water into the hot sauce in the pan and toss, adding more salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  6. Serve immediately, offering optional additional black pepper, grated cheese (for non-Umbrians), and a fire extinguisher (for non-chile lovers).

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