How to Make Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

How to Make Spaghetti Aglio E Olio! This simple pasta is often overlooked, but combines pasta with garlic and olive oil to make a delicious easy dinner!

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 Spaghetti Aglio E Olio in a large skillet with garnished with parsley on top

One of my favourite pasta dishes is one that isn’t very well known or popular. Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is simply spaghetti pasta tossed in an olive oil and garlic “sauce”, as one might call it. To me, it’s the epitome of comfort food: carbs and garlic. Oh, and when you add some fresh Parmesan cheese on top? HEAVEN you guys, heaven!

What is Spaghetti Aglio E Olio?

Spaghetti aglio e olio is Italian for “spaghetti garlic and oil” and is a traditional Italian pasta dish from Naples. Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is simply cooked spaghetti pasta tossed in olive oil and garlic “sauce” in a skillet. It doesn’t get more delicious or easy to make a great pasta meal. When you add some red pepper flakes to mine, it turns Spaghetti Agilo E Olio into Spaghetti Agilo Olio E Pepperoncino!

How to Make Homemade Pasta

I’m trying out the Philips Avance Pasta Maker for the next while and decided to start with the noodles that my family loves best… spaghetti, of course. Let me be honest, I would love to make fresh pasta but I have never found a single moment to do so. I have attachments for my mixer that have been sitting in the cupboard for years, unused. I was intrigued to try out a machine that did it all. The Philips Pasta Maker automatically mixes, kneads, and extrudes the pasta, all in one go! I didn’t have to mix or feed the dough; I was in!

Trying the Philips Avance Pasta Maker for Spaghetti Aglio E Olio Pasta

The machine is incredibly simple to use. You follow the instructions in the book (using a kitchen scale to measure the ingredients) and you literally get one pound of freshly made pasta in 15 minutes!

Freshly made pasta in the table for Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

This batch of fresh spaghetti noodles pictured was done on the setting for Program 1, that makes 300 grams of pasta – a main meal for two people. For this recipe I used Program 2, that makes 600 grams of pasta and is enough for a family of four as their main meal.

close up of Spaghetti Aglio E Olio in a large skillet with garnished with parsley on top

Which translates into one big skillet full of fresh pasta! I was nervous about how the fresh spaghetti was going to hold up, I’ll admit it. Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is not a dish where you are inherently gentle with the pasta – you swirl and saute and reduce the small bit of liquid you add to it. As you can see, I shouldn’t have worried. The noodles held together like a boss.

getting some pasta using kitchen tongs in Spaghetti Aglio E Olio in a large skillet with garnished with parsley

I added some red pepper flakes to mine, which turns Spaghetti Agilo E Olio into Spaghetti Agilo Olio E Pepperoncino. Just so we are exact with the name here.

getting some pasta using kitchen tongs in Spaghetti Aglio E Olio in a large skillet with garnished with parsley

I was thrilled with how good a job the Pasta Maker did with those noodles! I followed the directions precisely and the noodles came out perfectly. The cleaning part wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but you do have to take some time. My advice is to make a few batches of the pasta. The kids and I are going to make fettuccine nests for my next post and those can stay in the fridge for a few days.

Tips and Tricks for Making Spaghetti aglio e olio 

  • Use a good quality olive oil as the taste is reflected in this dish
  • Do NOT use vegetable or canola oil in this recipe! It will be bland!
  • You can adjust the amount of garlic to your liking, I have had it in Italian restaurants where it is LOADED with garlic and that’s how I like it!

Happy cooking all!



How to Make Spaghetti Aglio E Olio!

How to Make Spaghetti Aglio E Olio! This simple pasta is often overlooked, but combines pasta with garlic and olive oil to make a delicious easy dinner!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Main Course
4 servings
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 pound of fresh spaghetti noodles
  • ½ cup good olive oil with more for drizzling later
  • ¼ cup finely minced fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes if wanted
  • Parmesan for topping if wanted


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the noodles for 5-6 minutes until almost entirely cooked. If you are using packaged noodles, cook to al dente according to instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, add the olive oil & garlic to a large skillet. Fry until the garlic is a soft golden brown. Add in the red pepper flakes and fry for another minute.
  • Drain the noodles (reserving 1 cup of the pasta liquid to the side) and add to the pan. Pour the reserved liquid over the top.
  • Simmer the noodles, tossing and turning, until the liquid has been reduced and you get a creamy type coating on the pasta.
  • Drizzle a bit of fresh olive oil onto the pasta right before serving and top with Parmesan.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 672kcal, Carbohydrates: 87g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 286mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1.8mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Amy Heffernan says

    MMM It would be great to be able to make our own pasta! I would start with spaghetti noodles.

  2. Krista M says

    My dad just retired & I think this would make a cool Father’s Day gift so he could experiment making different types of pasta as a hobby!

  3. Tanya F. says

    Fettucine alfredo as well as the spaghetti aglio e olio

  4. Shirley S says

    I would love to make fettuccine with this pasta maker.

  5. Florence Cochrane says

    I would make fettuccini first if I won.

  6. Christy E says

    I would love to make spaghettini first , then try penne!

  7. Stephanie says

    I would love to make fettuccine alfredo with shrimp!

  8. kristen visser says

    I would love to make Whole-Grain Spaghetti With Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes5 stars

  9. Sarah De Diego says

    My family likes spaghetti and I like penne. This would be so much fun!

    Besos Sarah.

  10. Kelly says

    I’ve heard great things about this machine! Would love to try it out!

  11. Jonia Kostiuk says

    LOVE this recipe. It would go perfectly for the carnivores in my household with an Italian crockpot prom roast ????

  12. Melissa H. says

    I would make spaghetti carbonara. Mmmmmmm…..bacon. ‘Nuff said.

  13. Erin W says

    I would make lemon spaghetti! Its my family’s favourite, although I’ve never made my own pasta!

  14. Pameka says

    I also use roasted tumbler tomatoes in mine and use my kitchen aid attachments. The phillips would be perfect to try

  15. susan gortva says

    I am commenting to win a machine. we love pasta

  16. farrah says

    This is the coolest kitchen gadget I have ever seen you get the best of both worlds convenient quick and homemade what more could you ask for I would make every different noodle that I could think of this is by far the coolest giveaway I have ever seen because it has to do with food and who doesn’t love food thank you kitchen Magpie for this awesome giveaway somebody is going to be very happy

  17. Bonnie Prieur says

    If this isn’t my husband’s favorite recipe. Nothing is!! He loves it so much He eats this as a snack at night when he’s still hungry after eating my low fat ,low carb dinners I make him eat lolol He needs this pasta maker because our old one broke during a move and he was pretty sad????.The Man loved making fresh pasta and I got to enjoy dinner having him cook for me. Good luck to everyone &Your awesome!5 stars

  18. Andrea Machnee says

    I would love to try this pasta maker for homemade fettuccine!

  19. christina giese says

    id make spaghetti or fettuccini but would love to try ravioli and lasagna sheets

  20. Leanne Bohme says

    I would love to make fettuccini! My family loves pasta, so this would be amazing!

  21. Julie Culshaw says

    I would definitely make fettucine. I have found fresh pasta tastes so much better than the dried variety.

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