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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a classic Italian dish that’s full of flavor with a little bit of kick and ready in about 30 minutes!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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The ultimate comfort food! This rich and full-bodied pasta dish of Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is made Italian-style, with a generous amount of olive oil, and plenty of garlic to add a pungent flavor that is irresistible.

It’s easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner, fancy enough to serve to guests. Toss in some veggies for a complete nutritious meal. I like to sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top when serving but skip the cheese for a vegan recipe.

How to Make Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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Ingredients

1/2 pound dried spaghetti
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I used Le Stagioni d’ Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

While spaghetti is cooking, heat up the extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chili flakes to the pan. Cook until garlic turns a slight golden brown but don’t overcook/burn it. 

Add the parsley to the pan stirring continuously making sure it is coated with oil.

Drain pasta and add it to the pan with the oil and stir until mixed together. Add, salt, pepper, and half of the grated parmesan cheese and stir until everything is mixed together and coated with oil.

Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a classic Italian dish that's full of flavor with a little bit of kick and ready in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dried spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (my favorite to use is Le Stagioni d’ Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
    2. While spaghetti is cooking, heat up the extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chili flakes to the pan. Cook until garlic turns a slight golden brown but don't overcook/burn it.
    3. Add the parsley to the pan stirring continuously making sure it is coated with oil.
    4. Drain pasta and add it to the pan with the oil and stir until mixed together. Add, salt, pepper, and half of the grated parmesan cheese and stir until everything is mixed together and coated with oil.
    5. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

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