Garlic, Olive Oil, & Herb Spaghetti

Garlic-infused olive oil and fresh herbs makes this traditional Italian dish easy, simple, and delicious! 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian, Vegan
Keyword easy spaghetti recipe, garlic pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 476 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani


  • 1 lb. spaghetti pasta , or spagehtti squash for low carb option
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teasp crushed red pepper flakes , increase to add more spice
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley , minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , minced
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese (optional)
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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add some olive oil and cook the spaghetti al dente. Set aside 1 cup of the pasta water before you drain the pasta. In the meantime, continue to prepare the sauce.
  2. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet on low heat. 

  3. Add the garlic and red crushed peppers and cook until the garlic starts to soften and turn yellow-light brown in color. Stir frequently and be sure not to over cook the garlic. This may take 8-10 minutes.

  4. Add the pasta and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water into the skillet and toss with the garlic infused olive oil until well combined.
  5. Add the minced Italian parsley and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you feel the pasta is to dry, feel free to add a little more of the reserved pasta water.
  6. (optional) Add the vegan parmesan cheese and toss to combine.

  7. Serve warm or hot!

Recipe Notes

For a gluten-free option, use your favorite gluten-free pasta or spaghetti squash.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic, Olive Oil, & Herb Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.