VeganMoFo: Spaghetti Aglio E Olio {Recipe}

Aglio E Olio recipe #vegan

We are big pasta eaters. I would like to eat less but with the kids and all their activities sometimes it’s the easy way out when I haven’t preplanned our weekly menu or we don’t get home from Musical Theater class until 7:30 at night. (They are teaching my daughter songs from the movie Hairspray…I’m so excited!)

The quickest pasta recipe I have is for Aglio E Olio which is Garlic and Oil. I alway’s have these ingredients on hand. If I don’t then I deem it impossible to make anything for dinner and we get Thai take out that night. I use garlic, oil and red pepper flakes in almost everything I make. 

One clove of garlic! (Elephant Garlic)

What was fun when making my lastest Aglio E Olio dinner is that I used Elephant Garlic. Have you ever seen the cloves of Elephant Garlic? They are humungous! The clove pictured above would easily equal 6 regular sized garlic cloves. I had to quarter the clove before thinly slicing it. I used another clove last night for a different dinner and could actually small dice it like an onion! Crazy! 

I hope you enjoy my recipe!

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio
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  1. 1 pound spaghetti
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 6-8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  4. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  5. 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste
  7. lemon zest (optional)
  1. Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the package.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and add the garlic. Stir semi-constantly making sure not to burn the garlic. Cook for 3 minutes and then add the red pepper flakes.
  3. Lower the heat to a lowest flame and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is soft and slightly browned.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the saute pan and combine with the oil and garlic.
  5. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer to a serving dish and zest a lemon over the top.
  7. Serve immediately!
  1. I sometimes like to sprinkle some Nutritional Yeast on top to give the dish a cheesy element. My kids always add the Nooch to theirs!
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4 Comments on VeganMoFo: Spaghetti Aglio E Olio {Recipe}

  1. Cadry
    September 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM (8 years ago)

    This looks so good! There’s something to be said for the joy of simplicity. Plus, you can’t go wrong with garlic.

  2. Eileen
    September 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM (8 years ago)

    Yay! Aglio e olio is one of those dishes that’s not only possible to make when your entire refrigerator seems to consist of jars of dried-out condiments, but also super delicious. Such a valuable pasta!

  3. Amey
    September 24, 2014 at 2:45 AM (8 years ago)

    YES!!! Aglio e olio is my all-time favorite way to have pasta! I love love love love love it. And I also really love elephant garlic. Whenever I see it at the farmers market, I get a whole bunch. It’s especially good for aglio e olio pasta because it’s a bit more mild than regular garlic. Mmm. Now I want pasta!

  4. Jojo
    September 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM (8 years ago)

    Woah, I’ve never seen elephant garlic! It’s HUGE!


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