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Spaghetti Aglio e olio Pasta Recipe

What does aglio e olio mean 

Agle e Olio literal meaning is garlic and oil, add some spaghetti in there and you’ve got Spaghetti Aglio e olio.

How to pronounce aglio e olio

The easiest way to pronounce aglio e olio is:


Where did Aglio e olio originate 

Spaghetti Aglio e olio is a traditional Italian pasta dish from Naples. A typical dish of Neapolitan cuisine. The dish is made by lightly sautéing sliced, minced, or pressed garlic in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of dried red chili flakes, and tossing with spaghetti

There are many different additions and takes on spaghetti Aglio e olio but in its simplest form, it is just pasta, olive oil, and garlic seasoned well and served with delicious parmesan cheese. For me, I like the addition of some parsley at the end and some finely sliced chili. 

Is Aglio e olio very oily?

all though Spaghetti Aglio e olio used olive oil as its sauce when done properly and if using good quality oil this dish is not oily to the palate. Once the hot pasta and pasta water hit the pan it releases starch, this starch emulsifies the oil and the result is a creamy and balanced pasta that’s not oily at all. 


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  • SERVES: 2



    • 1 chili,


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite.

    While pasta is cooking combine garlic, chilli and olive oil in a cold skillet. Cook over medium heat to slowly toast garlic, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low when olive oil begins to bubble. Cook and stir until garlic is golden brown, about another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

    transfer pasta directly from the pot into the pan of garlic and olive oil, toss to combine then finish with parsley and serve pasta topped with the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.


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