spaghetti aglio e olio is a traditional italian pasta dish. it means spaghetti with garlic and oil.
many readers often request me to post pasta recipes. while i do know to cook pasta in some ways, the italian variations of pasta recipes amaze me.
so i have decided to try one by one each italian pasta variation keeping the authenticity intact to some extent. this i am doing for my readers who many times request for pasta dishes. not everyone is fond of pasta as a meal and my family is one of them. but sometimes on rare occasions, i prefer to have pasta because of the ease of preparing any dish with them.
since this recipe does not ask for cheese, i made it. basically it is spaghetti tossed in oil which has been flavored with garlic. minced or finely chopped garlic is sautéed in oil and this garlic oil is added to the cooked spaghetti.
this is a five-ingredient recipe excluding the pasta and very easy to make. i have adapted this recipe from cookbook “good eating pasta” by parragon.
this recipe is very simple and a quick dish, especially if one is hungry. you can serve this pasta recipe with a side soup like sweet corn soup or tomato soup or a good vegetable salad.
if you are looking for pasta recipes then do check:
spaghetti aglio e olio
- 200 to 225 grams spaghetti
- 1 or 1.5 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 3-4 garlic, finely chopped or minced ( i have added an extra touch of garlic, but you can reduce to 1-2 garlic)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt as required
- black pepper as required
- boil about 3-4 cups of water with 1 tsp of salt.
- add the spaghetti. don't break the spaghetti like we do for noodles.
- keep them whole and place in water. once they start cooking, they will start settling down in the water.
- stir occasionally and let the spaghetti cook in the water for 8-10 mins or till they become al dente.
- they should be cooked but still have a bite.
- drain and place them in a bowl.
- cover the bowl, so that the spaghetti does not dry.
making spaghetti aglio e olio
- heat the olive oil in a small frying pan. lightly brown the garlic with salt.
- add the garlic-oil mixture to the spaghetti.
- add red chili flakes and parsley. season with salt and black pepper.
- mix well and serve spaghetti aglio e olio hot.