How to Make Spaghetti topped with Garlic Olive Oil and Pepper Flakes- Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Spaghetti topped with Garlic Olive Oil and Pepper Flakes

This traditional Italian Pasta dish packs a kick from the minced garlic and chili pepper flakes and the goodness of olive oil. Try this simple, quick-to-make Italian dish as a weeknight menu!
Serves  Preparation Time Cooking Time
2 People 25 minutes  10 minutes


  • 1 pound dried Colavita Spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup Colavita extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tbsp (tablespoon) red pepper flakes, plus more if desired
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves


Step 1

In a large pot, bring to a boil 2 litres of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 2

Drain pasta in a colander, just reserve 2 tablespoons of pasta water to create the sauce.

Step 3

Do not rinse pasta with water so as to retain the pasta’s natural starches so that the sauce will stick.

Step 4

In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until light brown and fragrant.

Step 5

Take care to not burn the garlic or else it will become bitter. Separate and discard the browned garlic; if any.

Step 6

Add red pepper flakes and saute for a minute. Slowly add the reserved pasta water and stir to combine.

Step 7

Place the spaghetti into the pan and mix well for 1 minute. Remove from heat and top with fresh herbs.

Step 8

Enjoy your delicious Colavita Spaghetti cuisine with your family or friends.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 1 cup = 140 gm

Calories 280 Calories from Fat 135
Total Fat 15 g 22.5% Saturated Fat 1.3 g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0 g Cholesterol 7 mg 2%
Sodium 1 mg 0% Potassium 61.9 mg 1.8%
Total Carbohydrates 43.2 g 14% Dietary Fiber 2.5 g 10%
Sugars 0.8 g Protein 8.1 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 10%

* Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation..

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