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Spaghetti With Oil and Garlic Recipe

by Kim Conte on May 25, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Cafe MicheleZ was recently talking in Pregnancy Buzz about how she's been having morning sickness and food aversions in her first trimester. She said one of the only things that sounds good to her these days is pasta with garlic and oil—poor thing!

What a perfect opportunity to share this easy, fresh recipe for Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic. It goes great with the Eggplant Parmesan recipe I posted a couple days ago (oops, sorry MicheleZ! I'm guessing that probably sounds pretty disgusting!).

Spaghettini With Oil and Garlic from The Simple Art of Food by Alice Waters

1 pound spaghettini (or spaghetti)

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh parsley (or ther fresh herbs), chopped

1 pinch hot red pepper flakes


Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook spaghetti as directed until al dente. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic, herbs, and pepper flakes, and cook until garlic is soft—don't let it burn or brown! Remove from heat.

Drain pasta, reserving some of the cooking water. Add noodles to skillet and toss with oil and pinch of salt. Use cooking water to loosen noodles if needed.

Filed Under: dinner, food, kid-friendly, recipes


  • Poled...


    May 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    simple and tasty!

  • lunda...


    May 25, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    i make this all the time. its really good. a more fattening way is butter instead of the oil but both are really good.

  • LaNet...


    May 25, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    I am craving spaghetti right now actually! Yum, think I'll go cook it now.

  • tyfry...


    May 25, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    I make th is all the time and my son loves it. I take a stick of butter and melt it in a frying pan, add chopped garlic (to taste) until foamy. Drain spaghetti, add the butter and garlic mixture. I also add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese to taste. Oh, you can also add a tablespoon or so of olive oil with the butter to keep the butter from burning.

  • baby_...


    May 25, 2009 at 10:07 PM
    I love pasta and garlic... wow it tastes really good!!! thanks!!!
  • BatGi...


    May 26, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    I do it the ghetto way... I just take cooked pasta and add salt, garlic powder and melted butter to it.



  • sodapple


    May 28, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    without knowing i cooked pasta for my girl and i decided to smash some garlic and put a little oil and pop it for 10 seconds in the microwave. well... my daugther ate it all, garlic gives such a great flavor that makes it delicious =-)

  • Peajewel


    February 26, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    This sounds like it would be really good.  I am not a huge fan of red sauce so this would be way better for me.

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