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Pasta Aglio e Olio

  • Author: Amber
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Pasta Aglio e Olio is a classic, simple pasta dish that can tossed together quickly made with loads of garlic, Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, ground pepper, freshly squeezed lemon, olive oil and spaghetti.



  • 1 pound spaghetti, dry
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ( can add more for more heat)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • salt
  • ground pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to instructions. Make sure to reserve 1/4 cup pasta water for later use.
  2. As pasta finishes cooking, heat up a pan on the stove top on a medium heat.
  3. Thinly slice garlic cloves and chop the parsley. Set to the side.
  4. Add olive oil to the hot pan, followed by crushed red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and some ground pepper.
  5. Add the garlic and let cook for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is nice and fragrant. Make certain not to burn the garlic in this step. I like to give the pan a few shakes so the seasoning and garlic cooks evenly and disperses flavor through the olive oil.
  6. Add lemon juice and pasta water. Stir and remove from heat.
  7. Add in the cooked and drained spaghetti, along with the Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Toss all ingredients together.
  8. Serve.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pasta, cheese