Pasta with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parsley

Pasta with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parsley

This pasta with garlic, olive oil and parsley is one that is near and dear to my heart. Despite using minimal ingredients and taking only 20 minutes to make, it’s simple and elegant flavor profile will have you reaching for bowl after bowl.

I know we are primarily a Middle Eastern food blog – but there are some Italian dishes that are as much part of my family as, for lack of a better analogy, my sisters – sorry Tammy and Tar. This is because my “my sister from another mister” my best friend, Maria B is 100% Italian. You may recall my mention of her before from the Fried Dough post.


Well, Maria’s parent’s are the ultimate cooks. I think that’s why we became best friends. Sometimes I went to her house to see her, but sometimes it was for the food. No shame, she knows.

My Italian Fam – Mr and Mrs B and Maria!

Every summer, I would wait for Maria’s call inviting me to the “Italian Picnic.” Why? Because pasta with garlic, olive oil and parsley (aka Aglio Olio, aka Mr B’s Pasta) was the dish they would serve there. I mean can it get any more magical than having a huge pot on a small outdoor portable stovetop producing the aromatic smell of garlic, all the while sitting in the grass and hearing some good Italian conversation. Well, I think it was conversation, talking/yelling/hand motions, I have come to learn is the language of love in Italian. Besides, when you think of outdoor eating, one of the last things that come to mind is PASTA – but let me change that for you.

Absolute bliss. Sitting outside, eating this pasta that literally came out of the woodwork, and made with just a few ingredients. SO GOOD. So before we say goodbye to summer (and maybe as long as we need to keep eating outside to maintain social distancing…), try this simple, yet utterly satisfying dish. The only thing that my 12 year old self didn’t realize was missing was wine…so grab some of that too. Ultimate outdoor gathering (but you can by all means, make inside too!). Let me know if you make it – I’ll send the Italian’s over too 🙂

Bosas! (kisses in Arabic)


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Pasta with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parsley

This dish uses minimal ingredients and takes only 20 minutes to make! It’s simple and elegant flavor profile will have you reaching for bowl after bowl.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ of a large garlic head, or 1 small garlic head, chopped
  • 1 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 lb long pasta, such as linguine, linguine fini, or spaghetti
  • water to boil pasta
  • 2 cups reserved pasta water
  • salt, to taste
  • Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan, to taste, optional
  • red pepper flakes, to taste, optional


  • In a large pot, add water and salt (as much as it takes to make your pasta water taste like the sea) and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than package instructions.
  • Once you start boiling the pasta, in a separate large saucepan, heat olive oil on medium-low heat. Once oil starts to glisten add garlic. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Do not brown the garlic.
  • Add half a cup of pasta water and parsley. Allow to simmer together for about 3 minutes.
  • Now add pasta to the saucepan and toss to incorporate all the ingredients. Plan to cook all together for another 2-3 minutes. If you feel like you need to loosen up/make the sauce a little more creamy, add additional reserved pasta water until you achieve the consistency of your liking. Add salt to taste.*
  • Sprinkle with as much parmesan and/or read pepper flakes as your heart desires. Enjoy!


Three Teas Tips:
Depending on how salted your pasta water is, the salt you add to this dish will vary. Some may feel like the addition of salted pasta water and parmesan is enough salt needed. Adjust to whatever salt profile you prefer!

2 thoughts on “Pasta with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parsley”

  • I love to make this recipe. I had to go and visit the recipe today because I am making it for our Sunday family dinner. I love reading this story.
    Thanks for posting, iI am pairing this disk with a home made cioppino. Can’t get more Italian than this. We are all Mediterranean after all 🙂

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