Main Dish

Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic

Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic (Spaghetti Aglio e Olio in Italian, Espagueti al Ajillo in Spanish) is a delicious and simple culinary creation that combines the intensity of garlic with the smoothness of spaghetti. Originating from Mediterranean cuisine and famous in Italy, this recipe stands out for its simplicity and authentic flavors. Furthermore, they are one of those recipes that come to our rescue in a pinch.

The indisputable star is garlic, which is browned in olive oil to release its unique aroma and flavor, creating an aromatic base that transforms humble spaghetti into a surprisingly tasty dish. The preparation doesn’t require complicated ingredients, making it an excellent choice for a quick and satisfying meal. Accompanied by a touch of fresh parsley and optionally, a hint of spiciness, garlic-infused spaghetti is a comforting culinary experience you can enjoy at any time. Learn how to prepare this classic recipe and add a Mediterranean touch to your table!

Recipe Note

Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic

Spaghetti with garlic (Spaghetti Aglio e Olio in Italian) is a delicious and simple culinary creation originating from Mediterranean cuisine, combining the intensity of garlic with the smoothness of spaghetti.
The combination of garlic-infused olive oil and the simplicity of the dish creates a flavorful and satisfying experience. The garlic adds a rich and aromatic taste to the dish, complementing the texture of the spaghetti. It's a classic recipe appreciated for its deliciousness and the way it highlights the natural flavors of the ingredients.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 179 kcal


  • 1 Pot
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Wooden spoon
  • 1 Strainer big


  • 500 grams spaghetti
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 50 ml Olive oil extra virgin
  • Parsley
  • Salt


  • Cook the spaghetti by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt generously. Cook the spaghetti following the package instructions until they are al dente (usually about 10 minutes). Drain them and reserve a bit of the cooking water.
  • Prepare the garlic oil while the spaghetti are cooking. To do this, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Finely chop the garlic cloves and add them to the pan, letting them cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until they are slightly golden. Be careful not to burn them.
  • Next, combine the ingredients by adding the cooked spaghetti to the pan with the garlic oil. Mix well to ensure the spaghetti are infused with the flavor of the garlic and oil. If the mixture seems too dry, add a bit of the reserved cooking water to create a light sauce.
  • Season by adding salt to taste. Sprinkle previously chopped fresh parsley over the garlic-infused spaghetti and stir again to distribute it evenly.
  • Serve the garlic-infused spaghetti immediately while they are hot. Enjoy your meal!


  • BUDGET: medium-low
  • DIFFICULTY: very low
Keyword dairy free, no sugar added, quick recipe

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