Spaghetti aglio e olio

Aglio e olio
Spaghetti aglio e olio

This dish is 1000% inspired by the movie Chef… there’s the epic scene where Chef Carl cooks and serves up a delicious bowl of spaghetti alio e olio and that has probably made every person watching the movie want to make this pasta instantly.

I find it perfect for a meat free Monday, it’s such a joy to cook and prep with only 5 ingredients all of which are pantry staples. And there is zero compromise on flavour.

If you haven’t yet watched the movie, watch it! Then you will understand the obsession with a simple plate of pasta.

Let’s get cooking…

Start by thinly slicing an obscene amount of garlic and frying it in olive oil until golden. This step really needs to be done low and slow to caramelize the garlic without burning it. While the garlic is cooking, boil your spaghetti according to the instructions. Add the chilli flakes and parsley to the pan once the garlic is golden. Stir in the spaghetti, squeeze over some lemon juice, crack in a good amount of black pepper and enjoy! That’s it, super simple and delicious.

Spaghetti aglio e olio

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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• 250g spaghetti
• ½ head garlic, thinly sliced
• ½ cup parsley, chopped
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 1 tsp chilli flakes
• ½ cup olive oil
• Salt
• Pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add in garlic and allow to cook until soft and just turning golden
  2. Add in the chilli flakes and parsley, allow to simmer for a minute then add in the pasta with ¼ cup of pasta water
  3. Squeeze over the lemon and toss to coat.
  4. Serve immediately

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