Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Aglio e olio: Beginner Series

Aglio e olio, is Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, & chili peppers in Italian! I read about this simplest Italian pasta recipe in one of the cookbooks that I borrowed from the Library. I have made this pasta several times & I just love it, period.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Serves: 1

Spaghetti : a fistful
Water: Around 1 liter.
Olive oil: 3 tbsp
Garlic: 2 pods, chopped
Broken chili: 1/4 tsp, see notes
Salt: As needed

For the garnish:
Pepper powder: a pinch
Salt: a pinch
Parmesan cheese: 1 tsp, completely optional

For boiling the pasta:
Boil the water in a sauce pan.
When water comes to a boil, salt the water generously & mix. Add couple of drops of olive oil. (See notes)
Slide in the spaghetti.

Let it boil on med-high heat uncovered for 8-12 mins until al dente.

For making the sauce:
Mix in the olive oil, garlic & chili in a saute pan.

Keeping the heat very low, let the garlic turn golden brown. It should take around 8 mins.
The flavors of garlic & chili should get infused in the oil.

Drain the cooked pasta & immediately add the drained pasta to the flavored oil.

Mix well.
Scoop it out on a serving plate, garnish it with salt, freshly cracked pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
Serve immediately.

  • I am repeating again, let the olive oil get heated up in a low heat. This is the secret for the beautifully flavored olive oil.
  • I did not have chili, hence used crushed dry chili.
  • To prevent the pasta from sticking to each other, couple of drops of olive oil is added to the boiling water.


  1. yum yum yummmmy lip smacking recipe.

  2. Delicious and mouthwatering noodles recipe. Wonderful clicks.

  3. Feel like finishing that whole plate.

  4. I was looking for this recipe from a long time... thank u ..

  5. Woow...simple, easy and fast to make alwa. Thanks Sushma.

  6. Delicious pasta! Am new to your space, love it!!! :)

  7. Hi great pictures also try adding little bit of the water the pasta was cooked with.... It tastes awesome



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