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Easy Garlicky Spaghetti

Ingredients (7)

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories517
  • Fat11.87g
  • Saturated fat1.72g
  • Trans fat0g
  • Carbs86.16g
  • Fiber3.8g
  • Sugar3.07g
  • Protein15.07g
  • Cholesterol0g
  • Sodium7.72mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (4 servings) Powered by

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Easy Garlicky Spaghetti

A garlicky noodle dish is the perfect recipe to have in your back pocket as an alternative side dish to rice or potatoes. Try it alongside Eggplant Parmesan or Chicken Parmesan.

To see this recipe with illustrated steps, check out The Basics: How to Make Garlicky Spaghetti.

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Instructions

  1. 1Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente or according to the package directions. Drain (without rinsing), reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. 2Return the pot to the stove over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. 3Return the pasta to the pot, add half of the reserved pasta water, and stir to coat. Add the remaining pasta water, taste and season with salt and pepper if needed, and stir again. Remove the pot from heat. If you choose, serve the spaghetti topped with grated Parmesan cheese.
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