Noob Cook Recipes



What's
New
Summer Rolls Recipe Pumpkin Soup in Pumpkin Bowl Recipe Teh C Peng "Special" Recipe Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar) Sambal Quail Eggs Recipe Braised Ee-Fu Noodles Recipe

Aglio Olio Recipe

   

Aglio Olio Recipe

See this recipe on the next page >>

Note: First posted in Oct 2007, now updated with new photos and improved recipe.

Aglio e Olio is one of my favourite Italian pasta dishes. Aglio e Olio means “Garlic and Oil” in Italian, and one of the simplest pasta dishes to make. This is one dish which I don’t mind drenched in (good-quality olive) oil. Authentic Aglio e Olio only have a few key ingredients – just garlic, olive oil and pasta, so this is something you can whip up with minimum ingredients.

You May Also Like: Mushroom Spaghetti Recipe

While I do enjoy indulging in tomato-based or cream-based pasta now and then, the law of diminishing returns often sets in whenever I eat creamy pastas, where I find my enjoyment diminishing halfway through. But for the light-and-fresh-tasting Aglio e Olio, I find that I can easily finish my plate and still left hungry for just a bit more.

Aglio Olio Recipe

Tips for making perfect aglio olio, every time

  • Pasta should be cooked in salted water which is almost as salty as sea water. The cooked pasta will taste salted and this will reduce or eliminate the need to salt the dish later.
  • Do not add oil when cooking the pasta as doing so will prevent the pasta from absorbing the salt or the overall flavour of the dish.
  • Al dente is an Italian terms referring to perfectly cooked pasta which is firm (but not hard), and with a slight bite. Tip from my Italian friend Isa on how to tell if pasta is “al dente” – “usually the best way is to taste it, but here’s another method for inexperienced people: if you take a spaghetti string that’s cooking and cut it, you should see a white dot in the middle that’s still hard. This means the pasta is not cooked yet. As soon as the white dot disappears (but the middle part is still a bit hard), then the pasta is “al dente” and you can drain it!”
  • Reserve some water from cooking the pasta and add a few tablespoons of it to the final dish. The pasta water not only helps to bind the ingredients, the starch in the pasta water will give the dish a smoother finish.
  • Because you are working with minimum ingredients, the quality of the ingredients will make a huge difference. Go for good quality olive oil and fresh parsley, where possible. Always use fresh garlic instead of pre-chopped bottled garlic.
  • Tip for making perfect golden brown, not burnt garlic: the oil temperature must be just right when you add the garlic, meaning the garlic should sizzle gently in the heated oil when added to the pan (if the oil splatters violently or no reaction when garlic is added, it means the oil is either over-heated or not heated enough).
  • Another tip for making perfect golden brown garlic: monitor the colour of the garlic as they cook in the oil. Turn off the stove once the garlic turns light golden brown. The garlic will continue cooking in the hot oil until it turns a lovely golden brown. If you only turn off the stove when they reached the golden brown hue, they will continue cooking in the hot oil and become burnt. Should the garlic not reach the desired golden brown, simply heat up the oil for another 5-10 seconds, turn off the stove and let the garlic continue browning on its own.
  • This finishing touch may not follow the authentic Italian recipe and is entirely optional, but adding a few small cubes of butter at the end will help give the pasta dish additional flavour and a smooth, velvety finish.
  • Authentic Aglio e Olio is plain. However, it is now popular to add other ingredients like seafood, mushrooms or meat to the basic Aglio e Olio to make a more complete meal.
                                           

Leave a Comment





57 Responses to “Aglio Olio Recipe”

1 2 3 5
  1. didally — October 23, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Hee.. I just cooked that for lunch with mushrooms, capsicum and ham.

    Reply

  2. Joyce — October 23, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    nice….cook for me.

    Reply

  3. WokkingMum — October 23, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    Your hamsters are sooo cute! They have good taste huh! ;)

    Reply

  4. didally — October 24, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Hehe.. i forgot to feed mine with pasta. Haha…

    They look so adorable slurping the pasta.. looks like they are drinking from a straw. lol

    Reply

  5. jansen — February 13, 2008 @ 11:02 am

    great recipe!

    Reply

  6. Livia — March 3, 2008 @ 1:50 am

    my fav too!

    i last did my pasta wifout heating up the olive oil & it tasted kinda gross

    yummy! i should stop reading ur blog in the middle of the nite, i m getting hungry (& fat!)

    Reply

  7. kalyn — March 5, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    hi,

    it’s looks good…i will try to cook it :)

    thank you

    Reply

  8. Em — May 17, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    Hi! i just tried making this for dinner earlier using bacon and replace the chilli flakes with chilli padi. It taste great! Everyone likes it! And it is very fast and easy to prepare. Thanks! :D

    Reply

  9. veronica — August 4, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Hi Wiffy
    For the direction below:
    Fill pot with water, and salt

    How much water and salt should I use?

    Thanks

    Reply

  10. hanushi — August 17, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Hi noobcook,

    I was trying to read your recipe. Some of the character did not turn out well..

    For the button mushrooms, what is the amount?

    Reply

    • wiffy replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

      I have corrected the characters, you should be able to view it now. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

      Reply

      • hanushi replied: — August 19th, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

        Thanks, wiffy!!

1 2 3 5

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Stir-Fry Udon (Yaki Udon) | NoobCook.com

  2. Pingback: Aglio Olio with Prawns | NoobCook.com

  3. Pingback: Butter Sautéed Spaghetti with prawns, veggies and cheddar | NoobCook.com

  4. Pingback: Baked chicken breast with aglio olio « floralfoodie

  5. Pingback: Scallops Aglio e Olio Recipe

  6. Pingback: Marmite Pasta with Mushrooms Recipe