Garlic, Olive Oil and Chilli Spaghetti

    25 minutes

    This is a traditional Italian dish known as 'Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino', It is a speedy dish with simple but gorgeous flavours.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 200g spaghetti
    • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 50ml olive oil
    • 2 red chillies, deseeded and diced
    • 1 teaspoon flat leaf parsley, finely diced
    • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 30g Parmesan or Pecorino Romano, optional

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions. Drain and reserve two tablespoons of the cooking liquid.
    2. In a frying pan over low heat saute the garlic in the olive oil until golden but not browned.
    3. Add the chillies and the reserved cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti and season with the parsley, salt and pepper.
    4. Toss so that the spaghetti is coated in the olive oil mixture and everything is well combined. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano, if desired.

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    This has always been one of my fave pasta dishes. I prefer to cook whole flattened garlic cloves and remove them when golden. I also add a splash of white wine instead of the pasta liquid and then finish with the best oil you can afford before serving, Delizioso! 200g spaghetti is a bit stingy for 2 people I find, I use about 150g per person.  -  13 Jun 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Love love love this recipe. Made it loads of times since I found it on here having eaten it in Italy. The addition of the pasta water to the oil based sauce is important to the consistency. I add loads of black pepper and use dried chilli flakes and fine herbs usually and I sprinkle it with parmesan. Lovely and very easy!  -  13 May 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    wonderfully quick and tasty supper dish that can be whipped up in a flash! perfect for during the week.  -  03 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)