Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

My friendship with Tree or Theresa started on FB messenger nearly 6 yrs ago when she asked me the recipe for Spaghetti Aglio Olio. I actually went back and searched our chats and it brought a smile. She made it and loved it.

This is an easy peasy recipe which has no sauce but flavoured with garlic, olive oil and chilli. I love to pair it with crispy bacon bits and it’s a meal in itself.

Am a strange one I know. Took me so long to finally  post the recipe on blog. But it’s definitely a keeper.

200 GM’s spaghetti

1/4 cup olive oil

10-15 garlic minced

2 tbsp chilli flakes

1 tbsp mixed dried herbs

6-7 bacon strips fried crisp 

1 pkt mushroom – each cut into 4-6 PC’s depending on size


Parmesan cheese to sprinkle 

  1. Heat water to boiling point. Drop the pasta in. Don’t break it. Add salt and boil till Al Dente. Will take about 10-13 mins. Remove one and bite into it. Should not be mushy. Should have a bit of bite in it without tasting raw
  2. Drain the pasta when it’s ready but remember to keep one glass of the pasta water.
  3. Run the pasta under cold water else it will keep cooking
  4. Chop the bacon into tiny bits 
  5. Heat a pan. Add 2 tbsp oil, and pan fry the mushrooms on high flame.
  6. When nearly done add garlic, chilli flakes, bacon, herbs, salt, some more olive oil and half cup of the reserved pasta liquid.
  7. Mix it up and add the pasta in. Mix well and let it soak up all the juices. Add pasta water or adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Serve hot garnished with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese.