Pasta with garlic and oil

Thin spaghetti tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and crushed red pepper flakes.

pasta with garlic and oil

Who knew pasta could be so simple and full of flavor? This pasta recipe is so easy to make. All you need are a few staples from your kitchen.

The focus of this dish is the pasta. Everything else including the lemon, garlic, and oil are used to accentuate the flavor of the pasta.

This recipe is also known as spaghetti aglio e olio which means garlic and oil in Italian.

spaghetti aglio e olio

This is a light, fresh dish anyone can make.

I like to make this pasta with garlic and oil when I am in a pinch and need something to make fast! This recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make start to finish. It can be done all in one pot. Less cleanup = happier cook.

 spaghetti with garlic and oil

I threw in the spinach as an added bonus. Throwing leftover spinach in pasta is a win-win.

Make sure to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil in this recipe. It is also important to cook  your pasta to al dente. Overcooked pasta is not good especially in this recipe where the pasta is the star of the show.

pasta with lemon and oil

Only a few ingredients are needed to make a delicious pasta.

This pasta can be made on the cheap with most of the ingredients being staples from your house.


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Pasta with garlic and oil

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Thin spaghetti tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and crushed red pepper flakes.


  • 1 13.25 oz package whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Boil pasta per package instructions. (My pasta took about 5 minutes for al dente.) Drain pasta and set aside.

  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil into the pot the pasta was cooked in. Add in garlic and saute for one minute.

  3. Add in red pepper flakes and spinach and cook for an additional minute. Add pasta back to the pan and stir in the rest of the oil and lemon juice.

  4. Take off of the heat and sprinkle in the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Pasta with garlic and oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 664 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 394mg17%
Potassium 495mg14%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 4390IU88%
Vitamin C 18.9mg23%
Calcium 236mg24%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta with garlic and oil


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