Aglio e olio means "garlic and oil" in Italian, describing a spaghetti dish with olive oil and freshly minced garlic, coated in a simple sauce of melted parmesan cheese and pasta cooking water. Only seven ingredients are needed for this easy recipe, and everything is cooked together in a single pan — you don't need a separate pot to boil the pasta.
- 8 ounces
spaghetti pasta, snapped in half (Note 1)
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup
diced sun-dried tomatoes(Note 2)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Brown Garlic: Add olive oil and garlic to 3-quart or larger pan. Cook over medium heat until garlic is browned, a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add Spaghetti: Add 4 cups of water and spaghetti to pan. Bring to boil over high heat. Cook until spaghetti is tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not drain cooking liquid; keep liquid in pan to become part of sauce (Note 3).
- Finish & Serve: Decrease heat to medium. Add parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and pepper to pan. Stir until cheese has melted. Serve immediately while hot (Note 4).
|Makes 2 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Calories 670 (26% from fat)|
|Total Fat 19g||30%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||36%|
|Net Carb 92.5g|
|Total Carb 97.5g||33%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||21%|
Question: After the spaghetti is cooked o you drain the water from the pot before adding the other ingredients?
No, you keep the water in the pan, which becomes part of the sauce.
Yummy and fast. I’ve made a similar recipe for years, with addition of feta cheese and sliced green olives. One of our favorites. Love how simple this is! Thanks!
This recipe sounds and looks so good. I can’t help but to think that it would be a bit watery since you don’t drain it. Does the parmesan cheese prevent that?
It’s not watery because the dry spaghetti absorbs water as it cooks, there’s also evaporation going on for 10 minutes over high heat (Step 2), and the parmesan helps thicken it up.
In the photo just before you say “This recipe yields two good-sized servings” — How big is that pan? (It looks a little smaller than the 3 quart size you recommend?) Curious what brand it is, too.
The pan is 10 inches wide and 2 to 3 inches tall. The brand is Calphalon. Hope that helps!
Hi Julia, me and my son are big fans of pasta in general and we want to try this one-pot method… but need to know this first… isn’t pasta always added only after the water is already boiling? Your recipe adds spaghetti and water at the same time, which I am wondering about.
Correct, this is a different method that I prefer for its convenience (one-pan only) and you get to re-use the pasta water for the sauce.
I use both tomatoes dry and in oil. Have you tried both and which is better?
I use dried sun-dried tomatoes. I haven’t used the ones in oil, but that should work well also.
Hi Julia. I haven’t made this recipe yet, but intend to. For those of us used to the traditional method of cooking pasta (generous, rolling boiling water) this sounds as if it just wouldn’t work but 4 cups is not very much water at all so you can see it is quite a different method and yes, the starch from the pasta cooking would be the ‘thickener’ for the sauce.
I’m very interested to see how it works out. grazie! buona cucina! Maria – the Little Cellar Rat Hill of Promise Winery Childers QLD Aust
Have not made the aglio e olio but cannot wait to try it, which will be soon. Do you have a recipe for Spaghetti San Giuseppe? This was a white spaghetti dish which I loved as a kid growing up. My maternal grandparents, natives of a tiny “burg” in Sicily, were very, very devoted to St. Joseph and each year observed the feast day (March 19) in a special way. This was one of the traditional dishes and all I remember about it was it was white (no red sauce, no parm cheese, altho I would use it) and
was covered in coarse bread crumbs with parsley flakes mixed in) and the bread crumbs tasted sweet – there had to be a bit of sugar thrown in somewhere. I would love to know if this is something you’re familiar with. Thanks –
Julia I liked it..very tasty, but not very low carb! I used Dreamfields spaghetti which is still 41G
Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try this tonight.
Hi, from Sofia, Bulgaria!
Congratulations on wonderful recipes!
It`s hard for me to work with ounce, Is it possible to indicate weight.
Hi Maria! Ounces are a unit of weight. In this recipe, 8 ounces spaghetti = 227 grams. Hope that helps!