Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Garlic & Olive Oil)

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Garlic &Olive Oil) is a traditional Italian pasta dish of roasted garlic, olive oil, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Light, fresh, and packed with garlic- and chili-infused flavor, this simple dish never disappoints.
5 from 2 votes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings4
Course Evening
Cuisine Italian

ingredients
 

Garlic & Olive Oil
Spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 lb Spaghetti (GF: gluten-free spaghetti)
  • ½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano (V: dairy-free parmesan), shredded
Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • ½ tbsp Olive Oil (OO)
  • ½ cup Unseasoned Panko Breadcrumbs (GF: gluten-free panko)
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    Instructions
     

    • Toast panko breadcrumbs. Bring 4-5 qt. water to boil. Heat 1/2 tbsp. OO in small skillet over med-high until HOT. Add breadcrumbs and cook for 2-4 min. while stirring, until golden brown and toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
    • Prepare garlic and olive oil infusion. Now, mince n' slice garlic (combo!) and chop parsley. Combine OO, garlic, and red pepper in small skillet and toast over low heat for 8-10 min., until garlic is golden brown. Stir every few min. Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp. salt and spaghetti to boiling water and cook until al dente.
    • Let's spaghett' it all together! Strain spaghetti and reserve 1 ½ cups of pasta water. Remove garlic and OO from heat and add parsley, ⅔ cup reserved pasta water, and S&P. Now, combine with spaghetti and half of shredded Parmigiano Reggiano. If it looks a bit dry, add more reserved pasta water in ¼ cup increments as needed. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano (and maybe mouth wash on the side for that garlic breath!).

    Notes & Tips

    • Make it a main course!  Want an easy way to complete this meal? Add a protein to your pasta, like: crumbled or sliced sausage (cheese + parsley is my favorite for this dish!), grilled and sliced chicken, or simple seared scallops.

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