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Noodles in Olio aka Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pot 1x


This simple dairy-free pasta recipe comes together with pantry staples. It’s one of the first main dish recipes a kid should learn to cook for themselves. 


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 56 large garlic cloves, cut in thin slices
  • 1 pound good quality dried spaghetti (See Notes)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional


  1.  Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.  Add enough salt to the water to make it “taste like the ocean”.  Cook the pasta according to the package directions, stirring occationally, cook until al dente.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil and the pasta is cooking, prepare the garlic oil.
  3. Place the olive oil and sliced garlic in a heavy saucepan, and heat over the lowest heat. You want to slowly cook the garlic, not burn it to crisps.  Once the garlic becomes golden brown, remove from heat and strain the oil into a small bowl and discard the garlic chips.
  4.  If using, add the red pepper flakes to the garlic oil.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pot.
  6. Add the garlic oil and chopped parsley. Stir and serve hot!


With simple pasta recipes, it’s worth paying an extra $2 for good noodles. Look for pasta made in “bronze die”, which means they have a rougher surface to catch all the sauce. My favorite brands are Rao’s and Garofalo

  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: dairy free pasta recipe, easy pasta recipe, simple pasta recipe