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Aglio olio

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Vegetarian mains

Aglio olio

Main Serves 4 15 min
'This pasta dish with garlic and oil is my favourite summer lunch. I just love the cleanness of the taste; it is a great tonic for a jaded palate and all my instincts tell me it is good for me.' (Guy Watson)


  • 350g linguine (or spaghetti)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • a pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 2-3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente.
  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium pan, add the red chillies and cook gently for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, being careful not to let it brown. Add the dried chilli flakes and parsley and remove from the heat.
  • Step 3

    Drain the pasta and add to the chilli, parsley and garlic, mixing well over a low heat. Season to taste and serve at once.