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Make spaghetti with garlic and olive oil: step-by-step recipe
Make spaghetti with garlic and olive oil: step-by-step recipe

A typical recipe from the Campanian cuisine, and famous throughout Southern Italy where foods such as oil and garlic are very popular and known for their quality. Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil is a classic, and the preparation of this olive oil pasta sauce is remarkably quick and easy. Discover with us the recipe, the health benefits of the ingredients, and all the existing variations with this guide.


Ingredients :      

How to cook spaghetti with garlic and olive oil: The process


1. Start by cooking the pasta in boiling salted water.


2. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients in order to have everything ready, and heat the oil in a pan over low heat.


3. Peel and chop the garlic separately and complete the same operation with the hot pepper and parsley.


4. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and other seasonings for a couple of minutes. Be careful: frying the condiments over a very low flame is better, so they do not burn. 


5. When the pasta is cooked al dente, place it on the pan with the seasonings and add a large spoonful of the cooking water.


6. Start mixing by simultaneously incorporating the finely chopped parsley and continue mixing for a couple minutes.


7. Serve quickly and sprinkle the finished product with grated cheese on the table.


Why should you use high-quality extra virgin olive oil?


Its advantages are well known, and everyday we are learning more and more about the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but why should we always use it for cooking? Below we provide you with some valid reasons:


It resists high temperatures much better than other oils

It is much more resistant than sunflower or vegetable oils. Olive oil can withstand temperatures up to 180º depending on the type of food you wish to cook.

Enhances the flavor of food

The difference between a fry made with olive oil and another made with another oil is remarkable. It is an excellent aromatic complement to make any dish as it does not overpower the food with its flavor but rather enhances it and makes it healthier than other oils.

Provides health benefits

A balanced diet rich in extra virgin olive oil can help prevent health problems in diabetic patients.

Contains fats considered "good"

It helps us ensure that food contains less saturated fat by providing monounsaturated fats, which are healthy for our bodies.

Helps gut and intestinal health

The use of extra virgin olive oil in our daily diet promotes good intestinal and gastric transit.


Variants of the spaghetti with garlic and olive oil


This dish is a traditional first course that can be revisited with caution. There are several variations, but all of them keep the essential ingredients and tradition; for example, all the variations of pasta with olive oil contain spaghetti. This pasta is better suited to these types of recipes, so we advise against using other formats.


Another ancient variation from which olive oil spaghetti is thought to derive is spaghetti with clams. This incredible recipe, invariably from Campanian tradition, was of poor origins with a strong fish flavor. The dish was prepared with garlic, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and pebbles collected on the beach, which, once sautéed, gave the sauce a flavor of fish and sea. Other ingredients that go very well with this simple dish are broccoli, which can be served on the base and give the opportunity to taste extra virgin olive oil. Otherwise, serve this recipe with a sprinkling of bottarga for a more sophisticated and refined combination.


If you like this recipe, explore another very simple, easy, and rich in tradition recipe where you can taste and enjoy the best extra virgin olive oil: The Tuscan Fettunta.