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15-Minute Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This 15-Minute Spaghetti Aglio e Olio uses only a handful of healthy, natural ingredients. It comes together quickly and tastes freshly delicious. Pairs well with any protein or veggies.

spaghetti aglio e olio pasta aglio e olio recipe
Spaghetti aglio e olio refers to a popular Italian dish made with garlic and oil.

spaghetti aglio e olio: What exactly is it?

Spaghetti aglio e olio translates to spaghetti with garlic and [olive] oil. It’s a traditional Italian pasta dish that’s immensely popular, due to its ease of preparation, affordability of ingredients, and pure simplicity. Simplicity is our proud motto around here.

With little more than fragrant fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and a few other basic pantry items you may already have in your kitchen, it’s no wonder spaghetti aglio e olio is so well-loved.

Fun fact: aglio e olio is pronounced AH-lee-oh eh O-lee-oh.

what you’ll love about spaghetti aglio e olio

  • There are less than 10 simple, budget-friendly ingredients in this tasty dish.
  • You can make it completely vegetarian or you can add your favorite protein.
  • You likely have most of the ingredients already in your pantry or fridge.
  • Leftovers keep well for lunch the next day, if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers.
  • You can easily dress it up with sautéed shrimp, grilled chicken, mushrooms, or whatever your eaters desire.
  • Garlicolive oilparmesan…you just know it’s gotta be good!
spaghetti aglio e olio pasta aglio e olio recipe
Less than 10 basic ingredients go into spaghetti aglio e olio.

Pantry ingredients for spaghetti aglio e olio

Though amounts can vary a bit depending on taste, the basic ingredients are items you may already have in your pantry and fridge. Here they are:

  • Dry spaghetti noodles: feel free to experiment with the type; try gluten-free, whole grain, or even high-protein spaghetti.
  • Plenty of garlic belongs here! There’s nothing as wonderfully aromatic as sautéed garlic. Unless you add chopped onion to the mix, and we do.
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil. Since there are only a handful of ingredients that go into this simple pasta dish, use the best olive oil you can find, as it will make a noteworthy difference.
  • Lots (and lots) of freshly grated parmesan cheese; grab a nice block of parmesan and grate it yourself. You can definitely taste the difference between freshly grated parmesan and pre-grated parmesan from the store. Make your job easy with a good cheese grater.
  • Aside from pesto sauce, this may be your chance to use almost the entire bunch of fresh parsley, with little going to waste. Fresh parsley is the spotlight-herb for this refreshing pasta.
spaghetti aglio e olio pasta aglio e olio recipe
Use your favorite kind of spaghetti: regular, whole grain, or gluten-free.

Spaghetti Aglio e olio
commonly asked questions

What does spaghetti aglio e olio mean?

It translates into spaghetti [with] garlic and oil. For best results, we always use high quality olive oil.

How can I make my spaghetti aglio e olio taste better, with more intense flavors?

Slice garlic very thinly and don’t skimp on the good quality olive oil. The mixture of sautéed garlic, onion, and olive oil creates a fragrant aroma for your dish. For a boost of flavor, add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes and a squeeze of fresh lemon over your finished dish. Don’t forget to salt the cooking water for your pasta.

Can I use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth?

Yes, in fact, we love using good quality bone broth for its depth of flavor. If you don’t need it to be vegetarian, feel free to use chicken or beef broth.

More to cook and eat:

Also try this lemon pasta with smoked salmon and asparagus:



15-Minute Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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This 15-Minute Spaghetti Aglio e Olio uses only a handful of healthy, natural ingredients. It comes together quickly and tastes freshly delicious. Pairs well with any protein or veggies.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins

Yield: 5 1x


Units Scale
  • 13 oz dry spaghetti
  • 4 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped (I use red onion for color)
  • 1/2 cup regular strength vegetable broth (or bone broth, for extra flavor)
  • 1 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (use a cheese grater)
  • Kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: Dried red pepper flakes, 1 lemon sliced into wedges, extra parmesan cheese


  1. Cook Pasta: Bring a large pot of generously salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions for al dente. Drain pasta in colander. Transfer pasta back into the empty pot and toss with 3 TB olive oil; cover and set aside.
  2. Sauté: While spaghetti is cooking, heat 1 TB olive oil in large skillet until oil is hot. Add garlic and onion, stirring until aromatic and browned, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Combine: Add garlic mixture to the pot of cooked spaghetti and stir to combine well. Add broth to loosen pasta as needed. Add parsley and parmesan cheese, tossing until well coated. Add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with desired amount of red pepper flakes and serve with fresh lemon wedges/extra parmesan cheese.


* It’s highly recommended to grate your own good-quality wedge of parmesan cheese, as it makes a worthwhile difference. We like this cheese grater, as it makes the job easy. 

*I use chicken or veggie broth for extra flavor, but you can use the traditional pasta water instead (reserve some of the pasta water before draining the pasta, and use that for the liquid.)

*This dish is fantastic with Lemon Dijon Grilled Chicken or 10-minute Garlic Shrimp.

*If you enjoyed this dish, please come back and give it a rating 🙂


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 489
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Sodium: 474.8 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 19.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 17.3 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: pasta, dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: spaghetti aglio e olio, spaghetti with garlic and oil

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    • Mardene Carr

    You had me at 15 minutes. I don’t believe you need to spend the whole day in the kitchen to get a good meal

    • Elizabeth O

    Is there anything better than those go-to quick cook meals like this?! It looks lovely.

    • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    OH M GIEE!! This Spaghetti Aglio-e-olio looks really delicious and tempting. My hubby would love this for sure.

    • twinspirationalparties

    This looks so yummy! We love to cook simple, quick meals. We will definitely try it soon!

    • Ann F. Snook-Moreau

    This sounds like the perfect busy night dinner. My hubby and I both love pasta so this might have to go on our list of go-to dinners!

    • Alicia Taylor at

    I love the simplicity of this dish. It’s a favorite comfort food. I think I’ll try this – but will definitely kick in some red pepper.

    • Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama

    We are big pasta fans in this house, but not so much with the red sauce recipes – so this is going to be a favorite around here for sure! Thanks for the new recipe!

    • Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    This looks so delicious. I love the fact that it will take 15 minutes to make. I am always on the go so this would be perfect.Thanks for sharing.

    • Albert Bevia – Spain on a Fork

    This is such a great pasta recipe for those crazy busy days, I love the added red onion for color, I could feast on days for days!

    • livinthecountrylife

    That looks so yummy… I love cooking with Red onions they are so tasty! I am going to add this to my to cook list for sure!

    • Roy Cortez

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. Even though I prefer red sauce or tomato sauce spaghetti, the photo of your food still looks appetizing. I think I must try it!

    • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. Very easy to cook and prepare, and needs only a few ingredients. 🙂

    • wanderlustbykelley

    ohh this pasta recipe looks so delicious! The flavor combination sounds so divine.

    • Rochkirstin Sioco (@rochkirstin)

    I generally don’t like pasta but this may be an exception. Aglio e Olio is best when you’re having a bad day and don’t know what else to cook. It’s easy to prepare and yummy, too.

    • Lyosha Varezhkina

    this looks super delicious and 15 minutes is perfect time to throw something super fast, very handy recipe.

    • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated

    I can hardly believe you can make something as delish as this in 15 minutes! Can’t wait to try it. Yum!

    • alainamonster

    This looks so delicious. I love that it takes only 15 minutes to make. Perfect for weekday meals!

    • lucicoo

    That looks so delicious and quick and easy to make. I’ll have to make this for my family soon.

    • In and Out of Vegas

    Yummy recipe! Pasta is such a great go to dish that is relatively easy to make, always filling and fun to eat! I have to mention it is always which to make as well. Funny, my mom always drizzles lemon on her pasta! I thought she was the only one who did this!

    • Nicole

    We too, enjoyed the fake snow storm yesterday with all the littles causing mass chaos in our house. I’m seriously impressed you got so much accomplished! This dish looks amazing and versatile, I can’t wait to try it!

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