Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

It’s hard to think of this as a recipe, since its so simple, but I think it is such a great example of how Italian food can be so delicious with just a few fresh ingredients. For this dish, I made my own spaghetti noodles (see homemade pasta on this site), but you can use noodles from a box and it is still delicious!

Aglio e Olio literally means, with garlic and oil. That’s pretty much the ingredient list. Spaghetti, garlic and oil. I like to toss it with parmesan and parsley!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Ingredients:

1lb Spaghetti
Olive Oil
6 cloves Garlic
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Method:

This step is not entirely necessary, but i think it makes the dish! Chop 4 cloves of garlic roughly and add them to 1 cup of olive oil in a cold pan. Heat the pan on medium until the garlic begins to bubble. Once you see bubbles, turn the heat to low and simmer until the garlic is golden brown but not burnt. This will infuse the oil with garlic flavor and add great flavor!


Discard the garlic and set the oil aside. Boil the Spaghetti. I am not going to explain how…If you used my homemade pasta recipe it explains how to cook fresh pasta, otherwise simply follow the instructions on the box.

When the pasta is done mince the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and add them to a large frying pan with a few tablespoons of the infused oil on medium heat for about 1 minute.


Add the noodles to the pan and combine with the garlic and oil. You can add more oil as much as you like or store the remaining oil for future use! Salt and pepper to taste,

Top with parmesan cheese and parsley and enjoy!



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