Aglio e Olio pasta is an authentic Italian dish. It is simplistic with only a handful of ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes.
Aglio e Olio is sometimes called “the pantry pasta” and that is because it is so simple that you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now.
Don’t mistake simple for boring though. This pasta is anything but. It’s full of flavor and always a hit. Whether you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner or want to transport your sweetie to a Roman trattoria for date night at home, this pasta is exactly what you are looking for.
Aglio e Olio is a classic Italian dish that is believed to have originated in Naples. Aglio e Olio is translated to garlic and olive oil. Which are the two main stars in this dish. They are accompanied by pasta, crushed red pepper, parmesan and a sprinkle of parsley for color.
See. I told you it was easy.
And it is pasta heaven.
Linguine Aglio e Olio is one of the first meals that I started making at a young age. It is beyond easy to make. If you can boil water you can make this pasta.
STEP 1: Cook pasta according to package directions. I prefer to use linguine but any long pasta you have on hand will work. Spaghetti is the most traditional. If you use angle hair, I would cut down the amount to 3/4 pound instead of the full pound.
STEP 2: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic, salt and crushed red pepper and cook 30 – 45 seconds.
One of the most common problems people have with this dish is overcooking the garlic. Over cooking the garlic will result in a burnt, bitter taste. To avoid this keep the heat low, stir frequently and keep an eye on it. It really only needs less than a minute.
STEP 3: After you’ve drained the pasta, add it to the pan, add parsley and toss to combine. Serve with fresh shredded parmesan cheese.
SEE! It could not be easier!
Don’t wait any longer to add this Aglio e Olio to your monthly dinner rotation. Your whole family is sure to love it’s simplistic, garlicky flavor and you are going to love how incredibly easy it is to make. Complete this easy dinner with a handful of salad greens and this Garlic Vinaigrette .
And of course you’ve always got to have Garlic Bread or if you’re really looking to make this a comfort food meal for the ages, serve it with this Cheese Bread
Looking for more pasta recipes? Check out some of my favorites!
Note: I originally posted this post in 2008. Updated with photos, tips and nutrition facts in 2019.
uno onlineJune 8, 2022 at 8:25 am
The food is great and unique. I really like this dish. Thanks for sharing!
Anita WilsonSeptember 2, 2020 at 9:05 am
I made this for dinner last night. Looking at it as I served it I thought it was going to taste very bland and figured my boyfriend would add spaghetti sauce or something to it…Oh my gosh was I wrong! This was so delicious and flavorful! I halved the recipe and really wish I hadn’t because I REALLY wanted seconds but there was none left! Thank you for sharing, I will be making this again!
DesereeSeptember 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm
So happy to hear that Anita! :)
MassimoNovember 18, 2010 at 7:55 am
Too many random herbs.
The recipe calls only for Italian parsley.
Parsley, basil and oregano are indeed Italian, but they do not play well together…
Patricia FullertonMarch 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Deseree..I guess I should have posted my comments on a pasta recipe page and not on your Chocolate Mint Fudge page..but this is so Italian and perfect in simplicity and flavour…Patri