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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. Spaghetti tossed in sauteed garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. A quick and easy authentic pasta dish! Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil is 20 minute meal. www.modernhoney.com #pasta #spaghetti

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil)

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. Spaghetti tossed in sauteed garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. A quick and easy authentic pasta dish! 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword spaghetti aglio e olio
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Spaghetti
  • 5 Tablespoons Olive Oil (may use 2 Tablespoons of Butter and 3 T. of olive oil)
  • 6 cloves Garlic (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Italian Parsley (if using dried, add 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil over high heat.  Add a GENEROUS amount of salt to pot.  Stir the spaghetti into the boiling water.  Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced garlic and cook for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, watching carefully so the garlic doesn't burn. Garlic can burn quickly and can turn a bitter flavor. Once the garlic is softened, remove from heat and add red pepper flakes.
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups of pasta water. This water is salty and starchy and adds flavor to the sauce.
  4. Once pasta is cooked, drain, and then toss with garlic and olive oil mixture. Toss with parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Salt according to taste. If you like spicy foods, add a touch more red pepper flakes.

Recipe Notes

*High-quality extra-virgin olive oil makes a big difference in this dish. Make sure it is fresh olive oil as the flavor really comes through.

*Use freshly grated parmesan cheese (not the stuff you find in a green bottle)