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Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil (Ready in 15 minutes!)

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Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil is an Italian dish made with only 4 ingredients, extra virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, and fresh parsley.  Served with grated Parmesan cheese on top, makes a classic spaghetti dish that’s quick and easy, ready in 15 minutes, and very satisfying!  

 

If you haven’t heard of this dish yet, then you are in for a real treat!

The garlic and extra virgin olive oil are the base for this sauce; it’s so simple, you can make it in less than 15 minutes. ( It’s the BEST!)

The olive oil and garlic sauce offer a rich taste from its simple ingredients and yet it gives a bold flavor.  It is so good, your family might enjoy the change from having pasta with red tomato sauce.

Our entire family loves this pasta dish!

Our mom loves to cook simple Italian meals with minimal ingredients.  For as long as we could remember, this was her “go-to” dish whenever we were hungry and wanted something to eat.

Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil is a common dish in Italy called “Spaghetti con Aglio e Olio.”  It’s so delicious and so quick to whip up – it’s amazing!

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

How to Make Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil?

Our Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil Sauce is made with 2 easy steps!

First, you begin cooking the spaghetti in a pot of boiling salted water; and at the same time, start making the garlic and olive oil sauce in a small saucepan, skillet, or small pot. 

Second, cook the pasta.  When spaghetti is ready, drain and toss the pasta together with the sauce.  And serve! 

The only thing you will need is some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table when serving.

For a healthier twist, try using whole grain pasta or even gluten-free spaghetti.   At times we like mixing both kinds of pasta so the kids won’t notice that they’re eating something healthy. 

 

 

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

How is the Garlic and Olive Oil Sauce Made?

The key to making this simple sauce is using some of the “salted water” when cooking the spaghetti.  It is added to the garlic and olive oil mixture just before you drain the cooked spaghetti. 

This simple technique creates the sauce without adding in any additional ingredients.  And, it works every time.

 

*Full recipe card below!

Ingredients for Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil (Spaghetti Aglio e Olio!)

  •  1 pound of Spaghetti (Barilla or Garofalo, or whole-grain spaghetti)

  •  1/2  cup extra virgin olive oil

  •  5 large garlic cloves – sliced in halves, or 6 to 8 medium cloves

  •  1/4 tsp. sea salt

  •  1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley (about one handful)

  •  1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

  •  2/3 cup of boiling salted water (taken from the pot that is boiling the spaghetti )

  •  grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for serving

  •  optional: fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  In a large pot of water, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water and bring to boil.  Add spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook the spaghetti for about 6 minutes for al dente. (do not overcook the pasta).

2.  In the meantime, in a small quart size pot, and on low heat,  pour 1/2 cup of olive oil.  Gently heat and add garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, and red pepper flakes.  Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until garlic is golden, but not brown.

3.  Immediately turn off the heat, and remove the pot from the burner. The hot oil will continue to brown the garlic.  

4.  Toss in fresh parsley while it’s still very hot and cover with a lid.  This will infuse the flavor of parsley without burning it.  

5.  Then grab a measuring cup, and carefully scoop up  2/3 cup of the boiling salted water from the pot cooking the spaghetti, and pour into the oil mixture.  Set aside.

6.  Drain the spaghetti when ready.  Place the spaghetti back into the large pot and pour garlic and oil mixture into the spaghetti.  Turn the heat back on low and simmer while stirring the spaghetti for 1 minute.  This will allow the flavors to get absorbed into the spaghetti.

7.  Serve spaghetti into individual pasta bowls.  Serve with fresh cracked black pepper and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table.  Buon Appetito!

Serves 4 to 6

ENJOY!!

 

 

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil (Ready in 15 minutes!)

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil is an Italian dish made with only 4 ingredients and it is served with grated Parmesan cheese on top. A quick and easy dish that;s ready in 15 minutes, and very satisfying!ย ย 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Spaghetti (Barilla or Garofalo, or whole-grain spaghetti)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large garlic cloves - sliced in halves, or 6 to 8 medium cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley (about one handful)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup of boiling salted water (taken from the pot that is boiling the spaghetti )
  • grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for serving
  • optional: fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of water, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water and bring to boil. Add spaghetti to the boiling water. Cook the spaghetti for about 6 minutes for al dente. (do not overcook the pasta).
  2. In the meantime, in a small quart size pot, and on low heat, pour 1/2 cup of olive oil. Gently heat and add garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until garlic is golden, but not brown.
  3. Immediately turn off the heat, and remove the pot from the burner. The hot oil will continue to brown the garlic.
  4. Toss in fresh parsley while it's still very hot and cover with a lid. This will infuse the flavor of parsley without burning it.
  5. Then grab a measuring cup, and carefully scoop up 2/3 cup of boiling salted water from the pot cooking the spaghetti, and pour into the oil mixture. Set aside.
  6. Drain the spaghetti when ready. Place the spaghetti back into the large pot and pour garlic and oil mixture into the spaghetti. Turn the heat back on low and simmer while stirring the spaghetti for 1 minute. This will allow the flavors to get absorbed into the spaghetti.
  7. Serve spaghetti into individual pasta bowls. Serve with fresh cracked black pepper and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table.
  8. Serves 4 to 6

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    March 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I could grab a big slice of bread and so happy with this right now! Beautiful and simple – my kinda dinner.

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    You just can't go wrong with these deliciously simple ingredients!

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