Go Back
+ servings
An eye level photo of aglio e olio pasta with rocket leaves on top. Served on a nice, flat plat on a white piece of a cloth.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Aglio e Olio is ridiculously simple yet ridiculously tasty! When you make this once, you'll want to make it again. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Aglio e Olio, Aglio e Olio recipe, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 423 kcal
Author Nicolas


Spaghetti Aglio e Olio:

  • 300 g spaghetti
  • Salt
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil plus a bit extra for oiling the pasta
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 35 g Parmesan
  • ½ a lemon juiced
  • black cracked pepper optional
  • 1 bug bunch of parsley

Dressed Rocket:


Spaghetti Aglio e Olio:

  1. Add 4L of water to a pot, then season the water with 2½ teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the spaghetti and cook for 8 minutes stirring occasionally. When the pasta is almost ready to drain, use a cup to scoop out some of the pasta water. Drain the pasta into a colander. Then, add a swig of olive oil just to prevent the pasta from sticking too much.
  3. Put a large frying pan over low - medium heat (make sure the pan isn't too hot).
  4. Add your olive oil, then add your garlic. Once the garlic starts to fry, add your chilli flakes. As soon as you see the garlic developing a nice golden colour, add your pasta, your Parmesan cheese, your lemon juice, your black cracked pepper and pour in a splash of your pasta water just to make sure that the pasta doesn't stick and so it's nice and silky.

  5. Toss/stir the the pasta in the pan until the mixture is well combined and the pasta is well coated in all of that flavour.
  6. Turn the heat off, taste the pasta to see if it needs any more seasoning, then add your chopped parsley and stir through.

Dressed Rocket:

  1. Put the rocket, a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a small pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix together until will combined.
  2. Serve the pasta and top it with your dressed rocket.

Recipe Notes

  • You don't have to use spaghetti, you can use whatever pasta you like. Just remember to cook the pasta 1-2 minutes earlier than what the packet instructions tell you. 
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 208
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.1g36%
Saturated Fat 4.3g27%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 113mg5%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 43.8g15%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 12g24%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.