Simple Pasta with Garlic & Olive Oil Recipe

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This is a classic recipe that is so simple to make but always delicious. You can serve this as a side dish to any grilled meat or vegetable entree. It can also stand on it's own or be paired with a salad for a light lunch or dinner. It's a great, easy recipe to add to your list of staples. Using a good olive oil is key here. I used a California Olive Ranch cold pressed extra virgin olive oil that was on sale at our local supermarket, and it added a wonderful flavor.

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Servings: 4


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  • Salt and Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • Crushed red peppers to taste (we added individually since kids were eating this too)
  • 1 pound spaghettini or other long, thin pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped italian (flat-leaf) parsley (or use 1/4 cup parsley and 1/4 cup cilantro like I do because I love cilantro...but the traditional recipe calls for just parsley)


  1. Bring a stock pot of water to a boil and add a 1/2 tsp or more of salt.
  2. Meanwhile, put the oil, garlic, and red pepper if you are adding in advance, and a healthy pinch of kosher salt in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until the garlic is golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit.
  3. When the water boils, cook the pasta until it is al dente (6-7 minutes). When it's done, scoop out and reserve at least 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the rest of the pasta.
  4. Return the sauce to medium heat until the sauce is hot (1-2 minutes). Add the pasta and the sauce back to the pasta pot, along with a splash of the cooking water and toss to coat, adding a little more water as necessary to create a light, creamy sauce.
  5. Add the parsley, additional kosher salt to taste, and more red pepper as desired, then serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 159g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 593  
Calories from Fat 174 29%
Total Fat 19.8g 25%
Saturated Fat 2.81g 11%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbs 87.37g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 14%
Sugars 4.09g 3%
Protein 15.26g 24%



  • Nancy Miyasaki
    December 31, 2012
    This is simple and delicious. A great side dish for any grilled meat, fish or vegetable!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • pam kneebone
      January 2, 2013
      Sounds simple and delicious- how 1 can of anchovies!
      • Sissy37
        January 6, 2013
        Easy great tasty side dish; we had it with steak, salad and garlic bread.
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        1 reply
        • John Spottiswood
          January 8, 2013
          Glad you enjoyed it Sissy. Thanks for sharing your review!
        • ShaleeDP
          January 7, 2013
          I've tried this using angel hair pasta. My kid and I enjoyed it with a pan-grilled chicken!
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


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