Looking for a go-to pasta recipe that’s both effortless and delicious? Look no further! Our Super Easy Olive Oil Pasta is the perfect blend of simplicity and flavor, featuring the aromatic goodness of garlic and the richness of olive oil. Whether you need a quick side dish or a base for a heartier meal, this recipe is wonderfully adaptable. Just toss in your favorite proteins and veggies, and watch it transform into a dish your family will adore.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Cooking: With just a few simple steps, this recipe is incredibly easy to follow, perfect for busy days or when you need a meal in a pinch.
  • Customizable: Adapt the dish to your taste by adding your choice of meats, vegetables, or cheeses – making it a versatile option for any meal.
  • Family-Friendly: Loved by adults and kids alike, it’s a surefire hit for family dinners.
  • Economical: Made with ingredients commonly found in your pantry, this recipe is budget-friendly without sacrificing taste.
Overhead view of a bowl filled with olive oil pasta.

This Super Easy Olive Oil Pasta is a simple side dish that is quick to make and easily customizable to become a full meal. Add your favorite proteins and veggies to elevate it from a basic side to a family favorite in minutes. It’s simple, versatile, and always a hit!

While this Super Easy Olive Oil Pasta shares some similarities with the classic Italian dish Aglio e Olio, they are not quite the same. Aglio e Olio, a staple in Italian cuisine, is known for its minimalistic approach, primarily featuring garlic (aglio) and oil (olio), often with a sprinkle of parsley and a kick of red pepper flakes. Our recipe, on the other hand, offers more flexibility and is designed for adaptability with the addition of various proteins and vegetables.

Ingredient Breakdown and Substitutes

  • Spaghetti: The base of our dish, though any shape of pasta can be used. Gluten-free pastas can also be used.
  • Salt: Essential for flavoring the pasta water and the dish. If you’re watching your sodium intake, reduce the amount or use a salt substitute.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Offers a rich and fruity flavor. For a milder taste, use light olive oil, or in a pinch, you can use avocado oil.
  • Garlic Cloves: They add a pungent, aromatic flavor. If fresh garlic isn’t available, garlic powder can be used; about 1/8 teaspoon per clove as a general guide.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Provides a hint of heat. For less spice, reduce the amount, or for a different flavor profile, try a pinch of smoked paprika.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a bright, acidic note. If you don’t have fresh lemons, bottled lemon juice works, or a dash of white vinegar can be a good substitute.
  • Fresh Parsley: Brings freshness and color. In its absence, dried parsley can be used, or try basil for a different herbaceous note.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of pasta instead of spaghetti?

Absolutely! Feel free to use any pasta shape you like. Penne, fusilli, or even linguine can work well with this recipe.

What protein would you recommend adding to this pasta?

A simple chicken breast recipe, shrimp, or even a nice pork tenderloin complements this dish well. For a vegetarian option, try adding chickpeas or sautéed mushrooms.

Is there a way to add vegetables to this recipe?

Certainly! This recipe is great with added vegetables. Spinach, cherry tomatoes, or bell peppers can be easily tossed in for extra nutrition and flavor.

Chef’s Tip

This recipe needs a high-end olive oil, as it makes a huge difference in the final flavor. Olive oil is the featured flavor here and you need one that is quality. It’ll make all the difference so be sure to use a good one. Be sure to use an extra virgin olive oil for best flavor. 

Olive oil pasta on a stack of white plates.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

To store your pasta, let it cool to room temperature, then place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.

In the microwave, sprinkle the pasta with a bit of water, cover, and heat on medium for 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway.

On the stovetop, warm the pasta over medium heat, adding a dash of olive oil or water to keep it moist, and stir until evenly heated, about 3-5 minutes.

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