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Pasta with Garlic Oil

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


5 servings

My family is Italian, and this is one of our old faves with plenty of garlic, mushrooms and herbs. To help the sauce adhere, don’t rinse the pasta in water after you drain it. —Pamela Vittori, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Pasta with Garlic Oil Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic in oil. Stir in the mushrooms, olives, basil, parsley, garlic salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Drain spaghetti; place in a serving bowl. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Olive Oil Pasta Sauce Tips

Is this recipe similar to aglio olio?

Traditional aglio olio is a very simple pasta dish with spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, fresh parsley, Parmesan and a dash of red pepper flakes. This recipe is very similar to traditional aglio olio, but it also includes mushrooms and olives.

What type of olive oil is best for aglio olio?

Olive oil is one of the star ingredients in this dish, so use the best olive oil possible. We recommend using extra virgin olive oil.

What do you serve with garlic oil pasta?

Serve this garlic oil pasta with your choice of salad, such as this Caesar Salad, and some delicious homemade Italian bread.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without cheese): 280 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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