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Aglio e Olio Spaghetti

Try this classic Aglio e Olio Spaghetti recipe

This traditional Italian spaghetti dish is made with good quality olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. The dish is a simple, yet delicious way to prepare pasta for dinner.


  • 1 Pound dried spaghetti
  • 7 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 Cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 Cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 Cup grated Parmigiano- Reggiano


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, drop in the pasta and stir for a minute until the water returns to a boil, Cook the pasta for about 12 minutes or until cooked to al dente. 

While the pasta is cooking, combine the garlic and olive in a skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occassionally with a wooden spoon to keep the garlic from burning. Cook the garic for about 10 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low  and continue to cook the garlic for another 5 minutes or until the garlic is a golden color. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the red pepper flakes, and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Drain the pasta, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the pasta water. Toss the pasta in the olive oil sauce with the reserved pasta water. sprinkle with the parsely and cheese and toss to evenly distribute. Enjoy!