Garlic Pasta Recipe

This simple garlic pasta recipe keeps things quick and simple for an easy weeknight dinner.

| September/October 2013

  • Simple pasta with garlic, oil, pepper flakes and herbs makes a rustic Italian meal.
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Italians eat pasta flavored with garlic, parsley and hot pepper in a number of ways, adding things like fresh tomatoes, anchovies or Manila clams depending on availability. This version keeps things quick and simple for an easy weeknight dinner. Once you get used to making this dish, you’ll find it easy to customize with ingredients you have on hand. For more garlic recipes, read the original article, Garlic Goodness: Recipes and Growing Tips.

Garlic Pasta Recipe


• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 pound cooked pasta of your choice (reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water)
• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 1-1/4 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
• 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped (or other herbs of your choosing)


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds while stirring, making sure it doesn’t brown.

11/24/2017 8:00:46 AM

We were given a recipe from a friend that lived in Italy for more than 20 years that is very similar to this. They called it Spaghettata. Only difference was 1/4 c. olive oil and 1 c. reserved pasta water instead of amounts listed in this recipe and then to sprinkle with parmesan cheese to serve. It is very good!

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