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Plant-Based Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic (Aglio e Olio)

Prep

5 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

2

Good lord! This recipe is so dang delicious. I mean, I say that about all food, but I’m serious. Can you really go wrong with anything that has pasta and garlic in it? I think not! This aglio e olio recipe will knock your socks off. Plus, it takes under 30-minutes to make so you won’t be spending all night in the kitchen whipping up a meal your whole family will love. 

Plate with garlic and oil pasta

Why you’ll love this aglio e olio aka garlic and oil pasta:

  • Garlic: Garlic… do I need to say more? Okay I will, not only does garlic add so much flavor to any recipe, it also is super good for you!
  • Quick: This garlic and oil pasta can be made in under 30-minutes
  • Budget-friendly: Made with simple ingredients, this pasta with olive oil and garlic is delicious but budget-friendly

Close-up of agilo e olio on plate with fork

Ingredients:

Here are some of the key ingredients you’ll need to make this pasta with oil and garlic recipe. 

Ingredients for aglio e olio

Ingredient Notes: 

Garlic: A lot of people don’t realize how good garlic is for you. It is actually packed with health benefits! Here are just some of the reasons we should consume it: 

  • It’s a blood purifier
  • Can help fight off (and relieve symptoms) of the common cold & flu
  • Helps prevent heart disease
  • Contains anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities
  • Several studies have shown it can help prevent cancer
  • It is great for your skin & hair

It also has a lot of weird uses. For example, it can apparently help with athletes foot, you can rub it on acne to help remove bacteria, can soothe psoriasis, a slice of it can help you remove a splinter, and it can even help fight off mosquitoes in the summertime. Weird right?

Olive Oil: Since there are minimal ingredients in this recipe, you’ll want to ensure you buy and use a quality olive oil for the maximum flavor. Look for oil labeled “extra virgin” and make sure to buy it in a bottle that isn’t clear, as light can deteriorate the flavor. 

Parmesan Cheese: You can use vegan or regular parm here. You can even make your own vegan parm by using cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder and sea salt. See the full recipe here. 

How do you make aglio e olio?

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt.
  2. Cook spaghetti till al-dente and set aside once cooked.  Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.
  3. To a medium-sized pan or cast-iron skillet add your olive oil and heat on medium for 30 seconds before adding the garlic.
  4. Cook down the garlic for 5-6 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning. Once golden and fragrant, add the parmesan cheese – evenly over the entire pan – and cook down for 1-2 minutes.  Dust with chili flakes (as desired) and add your pasta to the pan.
  5. Add reserve pasta water, a tiny pinch of sea salt, black pepper and fresh thyme or parsley. Cook, coat and toss till hot throughout.
  6. Enjoy hot with a glass of wine and warm, crispy garlic toast.

agilo e olio on plate with fork

agilo e olio on plate with fork

agilo e olio on plate with fork

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

Get Creative: Like with most pasta recipes, this recipe can be altered to fit your preferences or cravings. You can toss in tomatoes, squash, spinach, capers, or whatever you have in your fridge. 

What kind of pasta should I use? I like to use spaghetti but you can really use any kind that you have on hand. 

Can I use jarred garlic? Totally! I find that jarred garlic isn’t as flavorful as fresh due to the fact that it isn’t fresh, so you may want to do a little taste test to ensure you have the right amount!

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Plant-Based Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic (Aglio e Olio)

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Budget Friendly, 30 Minute Meals, Main Dishes, 10 Ingredients or Less
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Description

This really easy recipe can be made up in under 30 minutes with less than 10 ingredients. Your whole family will love it!


Ingredients

Scale

3 tbsp. olive oil

4 large garlic cloves

1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp chili flakes

100 g uncooked pasta

pinch sea salt

1/2 tsp fresh black pepper

a handful of fresh thyme or parsley, finely chopped


Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt.

Cook spaghetti till al-dente and set aside once cooked.  Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.

To a medium-sized pan or cast-iron skillet add your olive oil and heat on medium for 30 seconds before adding the garlic.

Cook down the garlic for 5-6 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning. Once golden and fragrant, add the parmesan cheese – evenly over the entire pan – and cook down for 1-2 minutes.  Dust with chili flakes (as desired) and add your pasta to the pan.

Add reserve pasta water, a tiny pinch of sea salt, black pepper and fresh thyme or parsley. Cook, coat and toss till hot throughout.

Enjoy hot with a glass of wine and warm, crispy garlic toast.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 446
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 711.1gm
  • Fat: 16.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.9g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: creamy, cook, olive, recipe, flakes, chili, pepper

Lauren Bous

Ok this was too good! Thanks so much for this easy recipe, Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you, Lauren!!

Cait Bush

Loved this recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Cait!

Elisa

I love pasta and this is now my new favorite recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Elisa!

Anna

Wow! I could eat this everyday and bonus points when the entire family loves it.

Maria Koutsogiannis

TOTALLY KID friendly! Maybe just a bit less garlic, eh?

Karen Perault

Just adored this recipe, thanks Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you, Karen! Your support means a lot!

Andrea Schultz

LOVED THIS RECIPE!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks Andrea!

Lauren Marinigh

GIVE ME ALL THE GARLIC! Yum this looks delicious and so easy.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much!!!!

Kristie Sparksman

Guuuuuurl, you’ve done it again. This is outstanding!!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, hun!

Liesl Scott

Could I use nutritional yeast instead of vegan parmesan cheese?
I suppose I’d get a different consistency and a slightly different taste but still garlicky #Imnewtothis

Maria Koutsogiannis

That should work fine!!!

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