Pasta With Garlic And Olive Oil

Pasta With Garlic And Olive Oil

Pasta Aglio e Olio

Pasta Aglio e Olio is a typical Italian ‘simple’ dish made with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley, and optional peperoncino and anchovies. We eat this regularly at home and like to think of it as an easier (and healthier) ‘Mac and Cheese’. Pasta Aglio e Olio brings back that nostalgia of being a kid. It’s the perfect dish to make if you’re on a time crunch, low on groceries, or simply craving some comfort food.

Pasta Aglio e Olio is salty, oily (in the good way), and can be elevated with either peperoncini (spicy peppers) or anchovies. If you choose to add anchovies there’s no need to add cheese. Remember in Italian cooking fish and cheese usually don’t go together.

Using a high-quality olive oil is extremely important because the oil is the backbone to this dish and the vehicle in which the flavors of garlic/anchovies/peperoncini are delivered. Don’t be light handed with the EVOO and definitely don’t be afraid to use the good stuff because that’s where the flavors are!

Pasta With Garlic And Olive Oil

Pasta With Garlic And Olive Oil, perfect for a weeknight meal. You'll need extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley, and pasta.

Course First Course, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword garlic
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Skyler Mapes


  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 0.5 lb spaghetti
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium calabrian pepper (or other spicy pepper) optional
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 4 tbsp parmesan optional


  1. Fill a medium pot with water, add salt. Bring water to boil.

  2. In medium-size saucepan add olive oil, garlic, parsley, and peppers. Place on medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes, until garlic has flavored olive oil. Remove from heat immediately.

  3. Add pasta to water, stirring every 2 minutes. Cook pasta according to instructions, usually 8 minutes.

  4. Remove 1 cups of pasta water BEFORE straining pasta. This will be used in the pasta sauce.

  5. Turn on medium saucepan with garlic and peppers on medium heat. Strain pasta, and add to medium saucepan. Turn heat up to high and stir.

  6. Add 1/4 cup of remaining pasta water to pasta. Gently stirring continuously. 1 minute later add another 1/4 cup of pasta water. Water should continuously evaporate as you’re stirring the pasta. Add more water if pasta sauce is evaporating quickly.

  7. Cook pasta and sauce for max. 2 minutes.

  8. Serve immediately, top with parmesan and fresh parsley. 


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