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Pasta with Garlic and Oil (Aglio e Olio)

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

This is such a great classic dish, and you almost always have the ingredients for it right in your pantry. We always have peeled garlic in our fridge, and we have a few fresh or frozen veggies. That's all you need. And the secret ingredient is the pasta water. Adding that at the end has a crazy amazing impact on the consistency of the dish. Don't forget to save some!

 1 lb Dried pasta of your choice
 ½ cup Olive Oil
 1 Head of Garlic - Minced. At least 12 cloves. (It's a lot, but look at the title of this dish and stop complaining!)It's a lot, but look at the title of this dish and stop complaining!
 ½ tsp Salt
 3 tbsp Fresh Basil (Or 3 tsp dried Italian Seasoning)
 2 tsp Lemon Juice
 ½ tsp Red Pepper FlakesMore to taste
 1 tsp Black Pepper
 ½ cup Parmesan Cheese (For the Table)
 1 Fresh tomato, or some cherry TomatoesThese are optional, but them in a bowl on the table and they make a great topper
Preparing the Oil/Garlic/Herb Mixture

In a small skillet or saucepan, heat 3 Tbsp olive oil (not too hot!). Add salt and 2/3 of garlic, then gently saute for 7-8 minutes. Turn off the heat when it gets nice and gold, but not yet brown.


WITH THE HEAT OFF, add the remaining olive oil, the remaining garlic, pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and herbs. Set aside.

Preparing the Pasta.

Boil enough salted water (2 tsp salt) for 1 pound of pasta.


Cook pasta according to directions.


Just before your drain the pasta, take out 1 to 2 cups of the water and set aside.


Drain pasta, then return to pot.

Making It All Happen!

Add every last drop of the Garlic/Oil/Herb mixture to the pasta and stir to coat.


Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. It will create a looser dish with a nice saucy consistency. Add a little more if you like.


Serve onto plates or bowls. Parmesan cheese, fresh ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, fresh chopped tomatoes, and/or freshly chopped basil all make nice toppings here.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 691
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 5.1g26%
Cholesterol 13mg5%
Sodium 373mg16%
Potassium 446mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 113.9g38%

Dietary Fiber 15.7g63%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 16.9g34%

Calcium 14%
Iron 8%
Vitamin D 0%

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