Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a classic Italian pasta dish that showcases the simplicity and elegance of Italian cuisine. This recipe combines al dente spaghetti noodles with garlic-infused olive oil, red pepper flakes, and parsley to create a flavorful and comforting dish. The garlic and olive oil are gently sautéed, releasing their aromatic essence and infusing the pasta with irresistible flavors. The hint of red pepper flakes adds a subtle kick, while the fresh parsley provides a vibrant touch. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a quick and easy recipe that highlights the beauty of minimalistic ingredients, making it a go-to choice for a satisfying and delicious meal.
- 8 ounces (225 grams) spaghetti
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Salt, to taste
- Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the cooked spaghetti, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
- While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and red pepper flakes to the skillet and sauté until the garlic turns golden brown and becomes fragrant. Make sure not to burn the garlic, as it can turn bitter.
- Remove the skillet from heat and add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet. Toss the spaghetti in the garlic-infused oil until it is well coated. If the pasta seems dry, you can add a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to moisten it.
- Add the chopped parsley to the skillet and toss it with the spaghetti. The parsley adds freshness and color to the dish.
- Season with salt to taste. Remember that the pasta water and Parmesan cheese (if using) also contribute saltiness, so adjust accordingly.
- Serve immediately. You can sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top if desired, and add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper for additional flavor.
Enjoy your delicious Spaghetti Aglio e Olio!
Note: This recipe serves about 2 to 3 people. Feel free to adjust the quantities based on your needs.