Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is the most delicious, easy dinner recipe you will ever make. Pasta with garlic, Parmesan, chilli flakes and parsley? Delizioso!
Course Dinner, Vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Easy pasta recipe, Easy spaghetti recipe, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 383kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g / 1lb spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tsp chilli / red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ cup parsley finely chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. 
  • Heat a large frying pan/skillet over medium-high heat then add the oil and garlic. 
  • Add the chilli flakes and toast until the garlic starts to turn golden. Add a few tablespoons of the pasta's cooking water and remove from the heat. 
  • Once the pasta is cooked, carefully transfer the cooked spaghetti to the pan with the garlic with a pair of tongs. Add a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water and toss to emulsify. 
  • Add the Parmesan and parsley and continue tossing until the pasta is well coated. At this point, you can add more water if you think the pasta needs a little extra sauciness. Taste and season to taste if necessary then serve with extra Parmesan. 


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 10.9mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1.7mg