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Lighter Spaghetti Aglio e Olio recipe
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Lighter Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This lighter spaghetti aglio e olio is one of my favorite go to weeknight meal. It requires very few ingredients and makes an incredibly delicious dish that pairs well with so many sides!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: dinner, lucnh, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: aglio e olio, easy recipe, main dish, pasta, spaghetti, spaghetti aglio e olio, weeknight dinner, weeknight meal
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 295kcal


Optiona garnishes

  • shaved parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • lemon juice/zest


  • First, start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the spaghetti and cook until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking about halfway through, heat the olive oil, sliced garlic and red pepper flakes in a sauce pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic until it gets light golden brown. Don't walk away from the pot because it was burn fairly quick. If the garlic is sautéd before the pasta is ready, make sure to move it away from the heat so that it doesn't burn. At this point you can transfer the garlic, red pepper flake, and olive oil mixture to a larger pot.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, use tongs to transfer the hot pasta over the olive oil mixture, add in 1/4 cup of the pasta water and sauté  one last time on medium heat until the water has evaporated. Taste the pasta and add in any salt of red pepper flakes if necessary.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and some parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


This can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg