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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


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



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


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.

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