Garlic Spaghetti

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I make this family-favorite garlic spaghetti—or spaghetti aglio e olio—at least a couple of times a month. It's wonderful with a salad and fresh Italian bread. Add red pepper flakes to give it a bit of heat or finish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. —Jackie Messina, Chardon, Ohio


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano or 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet over low heat, cook garlic in oil until lightly browned. Remove from the heat; stir in parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti; place in a large bowl. Add garlic mixture and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat.
Garlic Spaghetti Tips

What kind of olive oil should I use to make garlic spaghetti?

Extra virgin olive oil is going to give the best results in this spaghetti. It will absorb the flavor of the garlic and create the rich sauce we're looking for in this dish. Our Test Kitchen selected the best olive oil brands, if you need a recommendation. Go beyond olive oil and learn more about choosing the best cooking oils for any recipe to help you do your best cooking at home.

How can I make this garlic spaghetti my own?

This recipe can serve as a great base for so many dishes. In fact, this garlic spaghetti is commonly paired with clams, which go so well with garlic. To kick up the heat and add a pop of color, turn this dish into spaghetti aglio e olio by adding a dash of red pepper flakes. Play around with pasta shapes—linguine would be great, too.

What do you serve with garlic spaghetti?

Round out the meal with crusty bread (or garlic bread for even more garlicky flavor!) and a side salad, or any combination of your favorite Italian side dishes.

How do you store garlic spaghetti?

If stored properly, garlic spaghetti will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Simply place it in an airtight container. To extend its life, you can freeze it in a covered airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Here are more recipes for garlic lovers and different ways to make spaghetti.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant, and Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 398 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 521mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.