Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe

by Rachna
spaghetti aglio e olio

Spaghetti aglio olio is one the simplest most satisfying pasta dishes that one can have. I remember having it for the first time in one of the tiny places that serve pasta. My version had a very simple olive oil sauce and had artichoke hearts. It was so delicious, each ingredient singing in this dish.

Spaghetti aglio olio

What is Spaghetti Aglio e Olio?

This simple spaghetti recipe is made by tossing spaghetti with olive oil which is flavoured by garlic and sometimes chilli flakes. That’s it. This dish is believed to have originated in Naples, Italy, the same place that is famous for its Margherita pizza. Just writing about these makes my mouth water remembering those delicious Italian dishes that I had back in Italy.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

So anyway, this spaghetti aglio olio not only sounds fancy but is perfect for date night if you are trying to impress a special someone or for a family or friends’ gathering. It is simple to make for the newest of cooks and does taste delightful.

Here’s my Spaghetti Aglio e olio Recipe:

Serves 4

Time taken: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups spaghetti ( 1 pound or 500. gm)

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp. olive oil

9-10 cloves garlic crushed

1-2 tbsp. chilli flakes

1 tbsp. dried parsley (or 3 tbsp. fresh)

1 tbsp. butter (optional)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Garnish
1 cup sliced mushroom sautéed in olive oil with salt and pepper

Method:

Heat 5 cups of water. Add1 tbsp. salt to it. Bring to a boil. Then cook spaghetti as per pack instruction till ad dente (having just a bite).

Drain and keep aside.

To make spaghetti alio olio sauce

Heat 2-3 tbsp. olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and lightly fry for 30 seconds.

Add the boiled spaghetti along with chilli flakes and dried parsley (or finely chopped fresh parsley). Mix well. Turn off the heat.

Now add butter (optional) and grated parmesan. Mix well and serve hot.

I have also added sautéed mushroom in olive oil as garnish.

Your spectacular spaghetti dish is ready to serve.

Pro Tips:

1. Always salt the water in which you cook pasta else your pasta will be bland.

2. Cook spaghetti not till it is mushy or it will have a very bad texture.

3. You can use fresh parsley instead of dried parsley in which case you can finely chop and sprinkle 3 tbsp. while serving.

4. Add or reduce chilli flakes as per your liking.

5. Butter is not traditionally used and you can skip it if you so wish.

spaghetti aglio e olio

Spaghetti aglio e olio Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This simple yet luxurious spaghetti recipe is a delicious yet simple pasta dish. Spaghetti aglio e olio made with olive oil and a few herbs is super easy and perfect for an evening with family and friends.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 607 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 9-10 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp. butter optional
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated

Garnish


  • 1 cup sliced mushroom sautéed in olive oil with salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat 5 cups of water. Add 2 tbsp. salt to it. Bring to a boil. Then cook spaghetti as per pack instruction till ad dente (having just a bite).
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • To make the sauce
  • Heat 2-3 tbsp. olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and lightly fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add the boiled spaghetti along with chilli flakes and dried parsley. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  • Now add butter (optional) and grated parmesan. Mix well and serve hot.
  • I have also added sautéed mushroom in olive oil.
  • Your spectacular spaghetti dish is ready to serve.

Notes

1. Always salt the water in which you cook pasta else your pasta will be bland.
2. Cook spaghetti not till it is mushy or it will have a very bad texture.
3. You can use fresh parsley instead of dried parsley in which case you can finely chop and sprinkle  3 tbsp. while serving.
4. Add or reduce chilli flakes as per your liking. 
5. Butter is not traditional but it makes the recipe more delicious.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti aglio e olio Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 607 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 541mg15%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1375IU28%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 265mg27%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Serve hot spaghetti aglio olio ready in under 30 minutes and liven up your dinner or date night.

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Rajlakshmi -

Wow it’s that simple ? my mouth is already watering ?

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Soumya -

Personally, I find the aglio-e-olio pasta very dry to eat, but the husband who is not very fond of saucy pastas loves this!

I will definitely be making this soon. Thanks for the recipe, Rachna. It is so simple! 🙂

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