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Easy Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic

This recipe for Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic features tender spaghetti tossed with a flavorful sauce. It’s a simple dish you can serve as a meal or as a side for your favorite meat!

Spaghetti with olive oil and garlic on wood plate with knife and fork.

The first time I made this pasta dish, my husband and I burnt the garlic.

We were still dating and in college, so our cooking skills were far from polished.

I’ve come a long way since then, and am happy to report that the garlic was cooked perfectly when I last made this recipe!

This spaghetti with olive oil and garlic is such a simple recipe and delivers a fresh and flavorful bite that won’t leave you feeling heavy or weighed down.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Garlic spaghetti ingredients including dry pasta, garlic, Italian seasoning, parmesan and oil.

COOK 16 ounces of spaghetti or angel hair according to package directions.

Cooked spaghetti in large metal stock pot next to kitchen towel and slotted spoon.

WHILE the spaghetti is cooking, lightly brown 10 cloves of minced garlic in 1/4 cup olive oil over low heat.

Browned garlic in small metal sauté pan next to bowl of parmesan and seasonings.

AS soon as the garlic starts to brown, remove it from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Garlic oil mixture in small sauté pan next to bowl of parmesan cheese.

DRAIN the spaghetti once done and return it to the pot. Toss the garlic mixture with the spaghetti to coat.

Cooked spaghetti tossed with oil and seasonings in large metal stock pot.

SPRINKLE 1/2 cup grated Parmesan on the spaghetti a little at a time, tossing the pasta while you go so the cheese doesn’t stick to one spot.

Parmesan sprinkled on pot of spaghetti with Italian seasonings next to kitchen towel.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Forkful of cooked garlic spaghetti with Italian seasonings and parmesan on wooden plate.

This recipe tastes best with fresh ingredients, but if you don’t have any fresh garlic on hand, you can substitute 5 teaspoons of dried minced garlic for the garlic cloves.

Likewise, you could substitute fresh parsley and oregano for the dried version if you have the fresh herbs on hand. 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs replaces 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. And here are several oregano substitutes if you’re all out!

You can easily substitute shredded Parmesan for grated Parmesan if you like the flavor better.

The easiest way to toss the pasta with the garlic mixture and cheese is to use a set of tongs. Don’t try to toss the pasta with any sort of pasta fork or you’ll end up with mushy noodles.

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Easy Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic

The Ashcroft Family Table
This recipe for Spaghetti with Olive Oil and Garlic features is a simple dish that's full of flavor! Serve it on its own or with your favorite meat.
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 16 ounces spaghetti or angel hair
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Cook spaghetti or angel hair according to package directions.
  • While the spaghetti is cooking, lightly brown minced garlic in olive oil over low heat.
  • As soon as the garlic starts to brown, remove it from the heat and stir in dried parsley, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Drain the spaghetti once done and return it to the pot. Toss the garlic mixture with the spaghetti to coat.
  • Sprinkle grated Parmesan on the spaghetti a little at a time, tossing the pasta while you go so the cheese doesn’t stick to one spot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 393mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg
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