Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

This Roman-style recipe is perhaps the easiest of all pasta dishes. Once the pasta is cooked, this dish comes together in mere moments.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1⁄2 lb. spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain in a colander, reserving 1⁄2 cup of the hot cooking water. Combine the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over high heat until the garlic sizzles and becomes fragrant, but does not brown. Add all the cooked pasta at once. Season with salt and add a few drops of cooking water, and toss to coat. Serve topped with pepper, butter, and cheese.