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This classic Italian pasta dish is so easy to make. It only takes as much time as it takes to boil the pasta. You’ll find many variations of the recipe online, but I like to keep it simple. I hope you try my recipe for spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes. This recipe is for two people. Double the amount of pasta if you have four.

Spaghetti With Garlic, Olive Oil, and Red Pepper

1/2 pound dried spaghetti
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3-4 garlic bulbs, peeled and cracked
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
fresh herbs, minced (I used basil and Italian flat-leaf parsley)

Boil a pot of water for pasta. When the water reaches the boiling state, add a generous amount of salt. Give the water a stir and add the spaghetti.

While the pasta is cooking, put the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat. With the flat side of a knife press down on the garlic bulbs until they crack. Peel off the skin and add to the frying pan. Cook until golden brown, but don’t let them burn. Remove the garlic.

Add the red pepper flakes to the garlic-infused oil, warm for a minute and then turn off the heat.

When the spaghetti is cooked, add it to the frying pan. Reserve a little of the pasta water. Toss the spaghetti in the oil to coat through. Add a little of the pasta water to help everything combine.

Divide spaghetti into two bowls. Garnish with fresh herbs.


  • Try sprinkling on some parmesan cheese for added flavor.
  • Try adding some sliced cherry peppers for extra heat.
  • Add a pad of butter if you don’t like straight-up olive oil.
  • Serve with Italian bread so you can soak up all the leftover juices.

Let me know if you try my recipe for Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Red Pepper Flakes. I’d love to know if you have any variations on how to cook it.


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