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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, a classic dish hailing from the heart of Italian cuisine, is the epitome of simplicity meeting elegance. This traditional pasta dish, whose name translates to "spaghetti with garlic and oil," is a staple in Italian cooking, renowned for its minimalistic approach and explosive flavors. The dish combines the golden goodness of olive oil, the aromatic punch of garlic, and the gentle heat of red pepper flakes, all tossed with perfectly cooked spaghetti.

Recipe and Ingredients for 4 Guests


  • Spaghetti: 400 grams
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 120 ml
  • Fresh Garlic: 8 cloves, thinly sliced
  • Red Pepper Flakes: 1 teaspoon (adjust to taste)
  • Salt: For pasta water
  • Fresh Parsley: Chopped, for garnish
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional): Grated, for serving


  1. Cook Spaghetti: Boil the spaghetti in salted water until al dente. Reserve some pasta water for later.
  2. Prepare Garlic Oil: In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté garlic slices until golden, then add red pepper flakes.
  3. Toss Pasta with Garlic Oil: Add the drained spaghetti to the garlic oil. Toss well, adding a bit of pasta water if needed to create a light sauce.
  4. Serve: Garnish with fresh parsley and offer Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top.
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food cost

Estimated Costs

    • Spaghetti: 400 grams. Approximate cost: ¥15 per 500 grams. Total: ¥12.
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 120 ml. Approximate cost: ¥40 per 500 ml. Total: ¥9.6.
    • Fresh Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, Fresh Parsley: Approximate total cost: ¥10.
    • Parmesan Cheese (optional): Approximate cost: ¥20 for a small block.

    Total Cost for 4 Servings

    • Ingredients: ¥51.6

    Total Ingredient Cost: ¥51.6

    Cost Per Serving

    Cost Per Serving = ¥51.6 / 4 ≈ ¥12.9 per serving

Wine Pairing Suggestion

Pinot Grigio - a light and crisp white wine complements the garlicky pasta.