Simple Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe

Whip up a quick Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, a classic Italian pasta dish known for its simple yet bold flavors, perfect for a hassle-free weeknight dinner.
A plate of Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, an easy pasta garnished with garlic slices and red pepper flakes, sits on a white surface.

For Luca, an architect navigating the bustling life of Milan, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a go-to dinner option. This simple yet flavorful dish, made with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes, embodies the essence of Italian cooking – minimal ingredients but maximum flavor. After a day filled with blueprints and site visits, cooking Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is Luca’s way of embracing simplicity and enjoying a comforting meal.

A plate of spaghetti aglio e olio garnished with garlic cloves and red pepper flakes, accompanied by a fork and a glass of olive oil, makes for a perfect recipe.

Simple Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe

A man with a beard and a beard.Lucas Brown
A simple yet flavorful pasta dish made with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes, perfect for a quick dinner.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Meal Type Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 634 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $2.50
Shopping Cost$24


  • Large pot
  • Skillet
  • Colander


  • 200 g spaghetti
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh parsley chopped (for garnish)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese optional


  • Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    200 g spaghetti
  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking until the garlic is golden brown but not burnt.
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 4 cloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet, tossing to coat the pasta in the garlic oil. Season with salt to taste.
    Salt to taste
  • Serve immediately, garnished with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
    Fresh parsley, Grated Parmesan cheese


For added flavor, toss in some cooked shrimp or a squeeze of lemon juice.
Ensure the garlic does not burn, as it can turn bitter.


Calories: 634kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 13gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 257mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Garlic Pasta, Italian Pasta, Quick Dinner, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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