Pasta Aglio E Olio

A simple yet delicious Italian pasta dish made with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and parsley that can be served as a main paired with a nice crusty bread and salad or as a side-dish with grilled chicken , fish etc. With just a few ingredients, its one of the easiest and flavorful pasta dishes that you can make.

Pasta aglio e olio

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio


Spaghetti – 1/2 pound

Extra virgin olive oil (of good quality) –  3 tbsp

Garlic cloves – 6 large, cut into thin rounds

Crushed red chilly flakes – 1/2 tsp

Fresh Italian parsley – 3 – 4 tbsp, finely chopped

Salt and pepper – To taste


1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water.

2. Place 3  tbsp olive oil and garlic in a pan. Switch on the heat to low-medium and cook until garlic turns light golden and fragrant. Add crushed chilly flakes and stir for a second. Finally add cooked pasta and 1/4 cup hot pasta cooking water. Toss well. Drizzle a tsp of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of pepper (optional) and sprinkle chopped parsley. Toss again. Serve hot. You may sprinkle 3- 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese while serving but its completely optional.

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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