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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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Aglio e Olio


Aglio e Olio

Aglio e Olio translates to Garlic and Oil. Its a traditional Italian dish that can be made cheaply and usually doesn’t require you to go to the store for any of the ingredients and that’s why we have been eating this for dinner about once a week since Miles was born 4 months ago. Its not as easy to get food shopping done as it used to be but that’s ok. We are saving money and I’m forced to use what is in our fridge and pantry which can make for some interesting meals. :)


To make this I chop up a ton of garlic. Sometimes an entire head of garlic is used. I coat a pan with extra virgin olive oil, add a tablespoon of Earth Balance and then lightly saute the garlic for a few minutes by itself before adding a pinch of red pepper flakes and dried basil. Its then cooked until the garlic is soft but not browned in anyway. During this whole process I’m cooking some angel hair pasta which once it’s done is drained and added to the pan with the garlic oil, mixed together and served.

Most people, like my husband and daughter, eat this just as is with maybe the addition of some salt and pepper. I go crazy and add a whole lot of nutritional yeast to mine as you can see in the first picture to this post. I add so much I could probably skip taking my multivitamin the next day. If you are a nooch fan I highly recommend eating this my way.