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 .
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Note: I originally posted this post in 2008. Updated with photos, tips and nutrition facts in 2019.