Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

126 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofIna Garten

Total: 35 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy



  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti, such as DeCecco
  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pasta.

  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold the pasta, such as a 12-inch saute pan or a large, shallow pot. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until it just begins to turn golden on the edges-don't overcook it! Add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Carefully add the reserved pasta-cooking water to the garlic and oil and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about a third.

  • Add the drained pasta to the garlic sauce and toss. Off the heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well. Allow the pasta to rest off the heat for 5 minutes for the sauce to be absorbed. Taste for seasoning and serve warm with extra Parmesan on the side.

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Show: Barefoot Contessa
Episode: Off Duty

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126 Ratings

<span>So simple, yet so delicious!  We lit some candles, opened a nice bottle of wine, and started preparing this dish.  We chose it because it looked super easy to make with minimal ingredients! Let me tell you, the smell of the garlic was actually more intoxicating than the wine! (At this point :) This pasta dish came together sooooo easily, allowing us to chat and sip our wine!  Within 30-40 minutes (start to finish) we plated up and began to devour the most Incredible tasting pasta!  Silky, garlicky, spicy, pops of fresh parsley and of course freshly grated Parmesan!  It was absolutely delicious!  Tasted like it was prepared by a 5 star Chef!!  This recipe is fantastic - perfect for wonderful and relaxing Friday night, candle light dinner!  Don't settle on take out - make this instead!  Cheers! </span><br /> See All Reviews Post Review

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