Aglio e Olio (Garlic and Oil) Pasta

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A dead-easy dish, a simple sauce made with garlic, olive oil and some italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. I usually don't even measure the ingredients, and just judge it by feel.

Preparation time: 2-3 min
Cooking time: 15-20 min

Serves: 2-4

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Tags: main · italian ·


Spaghettini, Spaghetti, or Linguine
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3-4 plump garlic cloves, minced
1/2 palm full of red pepper flakes
1/2 palm full of italian seasoning
Salt/pepper to taste.


First off, prep your water for the pasta - bring it to a boil, salt it, and throw in the pasta.

While that's going on, mince your garlic. You'll be tossing the pasta in a pan with the sauce, so make sure you've selected one that's big enough.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over a low-medium heat. Add the garlic and cook very gently until it softens and begins to turn golden (around 8-10 min).

Crush the red pepper and italian seasoning into the oil/garlic mix by rubbing it between your hands. Add a ladle-full of the pasta water and increase the heat a bit - let it bubble for a few minutes (4-5 min).

When the pasta is almost done, drain it and toss it in with the sauce, mixing well. Let it sit for a minute or so, then serve with salt and pepper.

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