spaghetti aglio e olio | easy and quick pasta recipe

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.

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spaghetti aglio e olio

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.

Italian spaghetti olio e aglio

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.

spaghetti olio e aglio

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spaghetti aglio e olio

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Spaghetti aglio e olio recipe is a traditional Italian pasta dish. Quick and easy pasta recipe.
spaghetti aglio e olio
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 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


cooking spaghetti

  • 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.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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16 comments/reviews

  1. Amazing recipe! Loved it 🙂5 stars

    • thankyou stuti 🙂

  2. Good!

  3. I decided this should be my first recipe from this site, as it’s very easy and I’m a beginner. I made it for myself with a vegetable stew. It was delish 🙂 I only wish I’d followed your amounts of chilli and garlic – I reduced both because I’m a spice newbie but it turns out it needed more. Still tasty though

    Couldn’t rate the recipe on my iPhone but 5 stars 🙂

    • thanks vicky for the positive feedback. glad to know that you like the recipe.

  4. Probably my favorite pasta recipe ever. Because of the chilli in southern Italy we call it “Aglio, olio e peperoncino”. Great recipe and pictures!

    • thanks daniela for sharing info about the recipe.

  5. quick, easy & bursting with fresh garlic flavor
    delicious… 🙂

  6. its tempting click’s ! i yet to try this !

  7. LOVE the lighting in the first picture.

  8. You can add a little fresh red chilli to this as well. Still authentic Italian but gives you a little heat. 🙂

    Recently I have started making eggless pasta from chickpea flour, strong plain flour and flax seed. I love it! And it is such a relief to have an eggless pasta dough that is easy to work with. not quite the same taste as traditional pasta but wonderful in its own right.

    • thanks ganga for sharing your tips.

  9. Wow!! this is such a tempting click…I make this pasta for my kids as this is very easy, but do add a bit of cheese and I never knew this had a name…….5 stars

    • thanks nisa

  10. Just to be fussy, the perfect name of this plate is “pasta aglio olio e peperoncino” 😉

    • thanks valentina for letting me know. added pasta recipe to the title.