Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spaghetti w/Olive Oil and Garlic

Simple pasta dishes are a favorite in our household.  They are excellent for a light lunch, or as a side dish with dinner.  One of our staple dinners is grilled or roasted chicken with a side of Spaghetti w/Olive Oil and Garlic, along with a steamed vegetable or two.  This is one of those dinners that I can have on the table in less than 30 minutes, and is very nutritious as well.

This dish even makes doing the dishes easy, as the "sauce" is made in the same pan the pasta is cooked in.  If desired, you can also top this with a little Parmesan cheese for added flavor.

Spaghetti w/Olive Oil and Garlic

1 lb dry spaghetti
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  Drain using colander.  Return empty pan to burner and add olive oil.  Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.

Return pasta to pan and add parsley.  Toss to coat.  Serve immediately. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


  1. Great to have a quick and easy recipe! Can't wait to give this one a try.

  2. Hi John,
    This is one of my favorite ways to eat Spaghetti, just simple and full of flavor. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. The preparation does not to appear to have too many steps and that's the best part of it. Thanks for sharing it. And thanks to TheKingsCourt4 for sharing your recipe.

  4. I made this once for a g/f of mine when I was dead broke & she showed-up at my unannounced and SHE LOVED IT! As a matter of fact - I have heard from her of the years asking for the recipe - which confused me since there's only EVOO, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley in it.... It turns out she's been driving all HER b/f's crazy trying to reproduce it - it's a shame she never tried OLIVE OIL..... Simple, silly, but what can I say...? THIS is a good recipe for those times when the cupboard is bare!


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