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