If you’re looking for a pasta dish that’s comforting and easy to make, look no further.
This features a traditional pasta sauce recipe found in most Italian cookbooks, made by simmering garlic in olive oil to make a simple sauce known as aglio e olio.
Serve with a basic green salad or sautéed greens, such as rapini.
Spaghetti With Olive Oil and Garlic Sauce
Serve 3 to 4
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup minced garlic, about 5 cloves
- 1/3 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
Heat a large pot of water over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to boiling water, then add the spaghetti and cook until the pasta is al dente, or according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water just before draining the pasta. Drain pasta and set aside (do not rinse the pasta).
Meanwhile, heat a medium frying pan over low heat. Add olive oil and garlic, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, taking care not to brown the garlic. Carefully stir in 2 tablespoons of reserved pasta water and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Add in the drained, cooked pasta and minced parsley, and toss for 1 minute to coat well in sauce. Serve immediately with freshly ground black pepper.
To add a little spice, add 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes before adding the pasta water.
This recipe is satisfying and simple, but to jazz it up, try serving with your favorite plant-based Parmesan cheese topper.
Capellini and linguine pasta will also go well with this sauce.