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Simple Spaghetti with Olive Oil Recipe

Y’all are gonna love this Simple Spaghetti with Olive Oil Recipe for a quick, easy, and delicious home-cooked meal!

Hey y’all! Julia here, and I’ve got a delightfully simple pasta recipe that’ll have your taste buds hollering for more.

It’s all about takin’ those humble spaghetti noodles and elevating them to a whole new level of deliciousness with a touch of infused olive oil and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Don’t let the simplicity of this dish fool you. It is so flavorful and delicious using the most basic ingredients. You might even have everything that you need on hand to make this super easy pasta meal.

This easy home cooked meal is sure to satisfy your cravings without keeping you stuck in the kitchen for hours. So grab your apron and let’s get cookin’!

Olive Oil Pasta Recipe

Pasta with Infused Olive Oil sauce and Parmesan Cheese garnished with fresh parsley served with Italian bread

It was actually my husband who used to make this simple pasta dish for his lunch occasionally. That is what he calls it too…”simple pasta dish”.

Now I will admit that I wasn’t that impressed when he told me about it. But, when I tried it, I couldn’t believe how delicious it is. A simple spaghetti pasta that is scrumptious! It is now a regular in our meal rotation!

Did you ever wonder if you can use olive oil instead of a pasta sauce? Come to find out, there is a very simple classic Italian dish that is made this way with a way more fancy title. They call it spaghetti aglio e olio. The Italian cooks often use olive oil (extra virgin) to dress cooked pasta.

This dish is all about the power of garlic and olive oil, infusing your pasta with incredible flavors. Just a few ingredients and a little bit of love are all you need to whip up this easy home cooked meal.

So let’s get our spaghetti boiling and our taste buds ready for a plateful of pure culinary delight. It’s time to savor the magic of spaghetti aglio e olio (or in this house “simple pasta dish“), y’all!

What do I need to make Olive Oil Pasta?

Ingredients for a simple pasta dish

Here’s are the simple ingredients that you’ll need to make this delicious dinner:

  • Spaghetti Pasta – we like using spaghetti but you can most certainly use any pasta that you have on hand.
  • Kosher Salt – a generous pinch of salt to flavor the cooking water for your pasta.
  • Olive Oil – use a good quality olive oil for your recipes. If you’re a Costco shopper, I like the Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The price and flavor are great!
  • Red Pepper Flakes (aka e peperoncino)- a few red pepper flakes infuses a bit of zing into the olive oil. It is optional, so if you don’t like that hint of spice then just skip it. If you do enjoy spiciness, don’t assume more is better. Just a pinch of the red pepper flakes really adds a lot of flavor to the oil.
  • Fresh Garlic– chopped garlic adds such nice flavor to the oil for this pasta dish. This is also optional, but I do recommend it. Hubs original version of the simple pasta dish was nothing more than an olive oil dressing and topping of Parmesan cheese…which is delicious, but the infused oil sauce adds so much to deliver the best flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese – I absolutely love freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano. If you’ve visited the blog before then you probably know I am a cheese-aholic. Nothing beats fresh grated cheese. You can use store bought grated if that is what you prefer. Just don’t skip the parm!

I like a bit of chopped fresh parsley sprinkled over the pasta dish for a colorful garnish, but also optional. Fresh lemon slices also add a lovely garnish to your serving platter if you like.

Infused Olive Oil Pasta Sauce

Skillet with olive oil being infused with red pepper flakes and fresh garlic

Begin by bringing a pot of water to a boil then season the pasta cooking water with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Add the pasta to the boiling water, give it a stir, and allow to cook until al dente. I find that ten minutes is perfect cooking time for spaghetti.

While the pasta is cooking heat a large skillet over medium heat. Next, add some extra-virgin olive oil to the hot skillet and add a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Adjust your heat if needed because you’ll want to avoid too high heat because it can burn your garlic. When the pasta is nearly done, add your chopped garlic to the skillet and allow its flavor to infuse with the red pepper flakes and olive oil.

Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Garlic, and Red Pepper Flakes

Tossing spaghetti pasta in the infused olive oil sauce

The next step is to add the drained pasta to the skillet with the infused oil and use tongs to toss the pasta with the oil.

Lastly, add some of the freshly grated Parmesan cheese and toss to mix with the olive oil pasta.

Remember, my friend, that if you don’t want to fool with infusing the oil then you don’t have to. A simple pasta sauce of olive oil was how my husband originally made this quick meal and topped it with the Parmesan cheese.

So feel free to add to this dish with your own creativity or take away stuff to keep it as simple as you like.

Transfer the finished pasta to a serving plate. If you want to dress it up a little bit to make a pretty presentation then arrange a few lemon slices around your platter and sprinkle a bit of fresh parley over the pasta.

Spaghetti Noodles with Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese

Spaghetti with infused olive oil sauce with lemon wedge garnish and fresh parsley with grated Parmesan Cheese

What to serve with Olive Oil Pasta?

Doesn’t that look good? When it comes to serving alongside olive oil pasta, the options are as plentiful as they are delicious.

A simple green salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette can provide a refreshing and light contrast to the richness of the pasta.

Roasted or grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes), or asparagus, can add a burst of flavor and vibrant colors to your plate.

For those who enjoy a touch of protein, grilled chicken, pan seared pork chops, or shrimp can be the perfect complement to the pasta.

And of course, a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese on top never hurts, so have extra on hand for those who want more cheese! I also like to have the peppercorn cracker handy for anyone who wants a bit of fresh cracked black pepper.

With the versatility of olive oil pasta, you have the freedom to explore a variety of sides and create a well-rounded and satisfying meal that is perfect after a long day.

OH, and before I forget, a side of crusty bread is always a great side to enjoy with any easy pasta recipe.

Printable Recipe Card

Below you will find the recipe card that you can print out or hold in place on your mobile device with the full recipe and step-by-step guide for this simple and classic Italian dish. Buon appetito Y’all!

Yield: 1 Pound

Spaghetti with Olive Oil Recipe: the Easiest Must Try Pasta Dish

Simple Spaghetti with Olive Oil Recipe infused with garlic and red pepper flakes served on a white platter

You will love this super easy pasta dish of Spaghetti aglio e olio, which is a fancy sounding name for a simple and delicious pasta meal that you will love! The cooked pasta is tossed with a simple infused olive oil sauce and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The delicious flavors will surprisingly impress and enjoy this pasta meal on its own, with crusty bread, a side salad, or other side dishes that you might enjoy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 Quarts of Water
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 pound Spaghetti Pasta
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, or to taste
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Reggiano Cheese, freshly grated, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 Lemon, sliced for garnish (optional)


  1. Add the water to a large pot, cover with a lid, and bring the water to a boil over medium high heat. Next, add the salt to the boiling water and add the pasta. Give the pasta a stir to prevent sticking. Lower the heat to medium and cook 10 minutes.
  2. The next step is to infuse the olive oil. Heat a large skillet over medium low heat; add 3 tablespoons of olive oil along with the red pepper flakes.
  3. Next, add the minced garlic, continue to gently heat the olive oil to infuse the flavors of the pepper flakes and garlic.
  4. Next, add the cooked drained pasta to the skillet with the infused oil and toss to coat. Add the grated Parmesan and toss to mix then transfer the pasta to a serving platter.
  5. Drizzle a tablespoon of plain extra virgin olive oil over the pasta and sprinkle more grated Parmesan over the pasta.
  6. Garnish the platter with lemon slices, if desired.
  7. A sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley over the pasta makes a beautiful presentation, but is completely optional.
  8. Enjoy this simple pasta dish with your favorite sides. (See the full blog post for more details and serving suggestions).


See full blog post for more detail and serving suggestions for preparing simple pasta dish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 302mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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In just a few easy steps, you’ve created a mouthwatering pasta dish that’ll leave your family and friends begging for seconds.

Whether you’re lookin’ for a quick weeknight dinner or a no-fuss meal to impress your guests, this simple pasta recipe has got you covered. It’s a delicious dinner that is ready in less than half an hour.

The beauty of pasta lies in its versatility, so feel free to add your own personal touch with additional ingredients like fresh herbs (fresh basil leaves would be amazing), sautéed veggies, or even a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a little kick.

So go ahead, enjoy this comforting and satisfying meal that brings joy to your table. Remember, good food doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Thursday 28th of September 2023

I made this last night with homemade fresh pasta and now it's all I want to eat for dinner. It's kind of crazy how something so simple can be so good! Love this no-fuss recipe. Thank you!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 28th of September 2023

I am so happy that you enjoyed using this recipe to make a home cooked meal. Thank you for stopping by to let me know. ~Julia

David Mann

Friday 30th of June 2023

I like your style I'm a single man who cooks his own meals ! I find your trails interesting to follow ! Hope you show me chicken fried steak some day

Julia Jordan

Saturday 1st of July 2023

Hi David, and thanks! Glad you found the site. Happy Cooking!

Barbara Miller

Friday 30th of June 2023

I've got to make this later today (it is 147am right now) or get my son to make it. Looks so delicious. TY

Julia Jordan

Friday 30th of June 2023

Thank you, Barbara! It is one of those simple but oh so good kind of meals. Enjoy! ~Julia


Thursday 29th of June 2023


Julia Jordan

Friday 30th of June 2023

Thank you!

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