Thin Spaghetti with Garlic, Red Pepper and Olive Oil Recipe -
Thin Spaghetti with Garlic, Red Pepper and Olive Oil Recipe
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Thin Spaghetti with Garlic and Pepper
A super-simple spaghetti with garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley. See more
  • READY IN 21 mins

Thin Spaghetti with Garlic, Red Pepper and Olive Oil

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"Thin spaghetti tossed with garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and grated cheese makes a quick and easy weeknight meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    16 mins

    21 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, parsley and red pepper flakes; saute 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Cook Plus® Thin Spaghetti according to package directions.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Immediately add hot pasta to skillet. Stir in reserved pasta cooking water. Mix well. Add cheese and toss lightly.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 14, 2014

There are times when simple is best, and that's the case with this recipe. My hubby (who's a dedicated carnivore) didn't even complain that there was no meat in this. We both thoroughly enjoyed this for lunch today. To give this a little punch of flavor, I sauteed the garlic in extra virgin oil with chili, keeping the red pepper flakes as well, and mixed in the chopped parsley at the end to retain its bright green color. We actually prefer the bold taste of pecorino romano over parmigiano reggiano, so that was a sub I made. Photo doesn't show this, but it was served with shaved romano on the top.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 10, 2014

This recipe made a huge amount. Thought the flavor was ok. Needed a little something more. Added a bit more cheese after it cooled more. That seemed to help.

Jul 23, 2014

This great side dish is made from pantry staples, and it is a nice change from potatoes. It certainly livened up our leftover chicken, and it was a snap to put together. I used half a box of spaghetti, but kept everything else the same, adding only a tablespoon of clarified butter after I threw it all together.

Jun 03, 2014

This is a great lunch or dinner on a day you're running late. I served it with a green salad and homemade Italian bread. I wasn't sure how the 4 yr old would like the red pepper but he didn't seem to notice it. I have been making this for years but this was the first time I added the red pepper and I must say it bumps this up from pretty good to yummy? Thanks!

Jul 01, 2014

DELICIOUS! Growing up in an Italian household (and not a lot of money), this was something that we enjoyed often. I minced my garlic, but that was my only change. Simple to make and with ingredients that most of us always have on hand. This will continue to be a staple for my family~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

Sep 26, 2014

the recipe was quite nice and light, will make again but adding a bit of bacon and/or a sautéed veggie with it.

Aug 27, 2014

This is a perfect simple dish! This makes for a great side dish for grilled chicken or pair with a nice salad for a complete meal. A classic that will always be in my dinner rotation!

Jul 03, 2014

Thank you Barilla for this amazing pasta recipe! I minced the garlic but other than that I followed this recipe to the was outstanding! I served it with a side of grilled wasabi and toasted sesame seed shrimp!


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  • Calories
  • 621 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 78.3 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 24.2 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 8.4 g
  • 33%
  • Protein
  • 22.5 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 130 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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