Spaghetti Aglio e Olio


No two aglio e olio recipes are alike, but this one is pretty true to the classic method. The key is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. My advice? Do it perfectly.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a pasta bowl.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, combine olive oil and garlic in a cold skillet. Cook over medium heat to slowly toast garlic, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low when olive oil begins to bubble. Cook and stir until garlic is golden brown, about another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper into pasta. Pour in hot olive oil and garlic, and sprinkle on Italian parsley and half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; toss until combined.

  4. Serve pasta topped with the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

    Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
    Photo by: Tammy. Photo by: Tammy

Chef's Note:

It's not traditional, but for extra richness add 1 tablespoon of butter when you toss with the cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

755 Calories
35g Fat
87g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 755
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 87g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 260mg 20%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 321mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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