10-Minute Garlic Spaghetti: Easy, Healthy & a Flavorful Recipe!

Garlic Spaghetti with Parmesan Cheese on Plate

Incredibly easy and healthy, this recipe for garlic spaghetti is quick to prepare and utterly delicious, ideal for a light and healthy summer main dish. The simple spaghetti is infused with lots of garlic, extra virgin olive oil and topped with Parmesan cheese. Serve this wonderful meatless dish with a loaf of crusty homemade bread to dip every luscious bit of the silky smooth sauce and include a fresh green salad is all it takes to reduce time spent cooking. Let me share my recipe and some tips and variations so you can enjoy it too!

Why This Meatless Spaghetti Is Worth Tasting

This heart-healthy spaghetti recipe is a healthy meal idea. After all, it uses extra virgin olive oil that is high in monounsaturated fats for lowering the bad LDL cholesterol. Furthermore, with all its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components, it also helps lower risks of cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and even dementia according to the research. In addition, being paired up with garlic heightens those health benefits and immune boosting.

Amazing taste through just three ingredients allows the star ingredient of garlic to shine is another reason I love this spaghetti so much.

How quick you can get this spaghetti dinner made and on the table is another reason to try this recipe. I doubt that you can find an easier main dish recipe!

This is a budget-friendly recipe with only a few basic ingredients.

It also is a handy recipe to have because you probably have most of the cooking staples in your pantry. Therefore, if you don’t know what to make for dinner and can’t decide on meat or haven’t shopped yet, then this spaghetti dish is a great option.

Variations for This Garlic Spaghetti for Changing Flavor

You add your favorite fresh herbs such as one-fourth cup of parsley or basil or another that you love to clams or canned tuna.

Something else you can try are adding about four tablespoons of butter or margarine, which is also delicious to alternate the flavor if you’re not a special diet to monitor cholesterol as others may be.

Nothing tastes better than homemade pasta. You would be surprised at the difference homemade spaghetti offers for flavor. Besides how fabulous it tastes, homemade pasta is more satisfying.

For a vegan twist, use vegan Parmesan cheese.

Tips for the Best One-Pot Garlic Spaghetti

Saving some of the pasta water after cooking the spaghetti contributes starch as a binder for a thicker, creamy consistency. It also helps lubricate the pasta. In fact, I often save a bit more if a family member is running late to stir in if the spaghetti starts drying out.

If you never tried making homemade pasta, I suggest the old-fashioned pasta machine that you crank by hand. Friends that bought the electric version complain it takes longer to make spaghetti than it did by cranking it by hand. It usually takes me about thirty minutes from making and boiling it to serving.

I hope that you give my easy garlic pasta a try at your home when looking for some quick dinner ideas. Please do share this recipe with family and friends and do come back to my blog for more.

How to Make Easy Garlic Spaghetti

1 lb. thin spaghetti
8 fresh cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 cup 1/3 cup of reserved pasta water
½ cups of Parmesan cheese

  1. Cook the spaghetti as directed on the package.
  2. When the spaghetti is nearly done (about five minutes before you expect it is tender enough), start heating the oil in a skillet over low heat before adding the finely chopped garlic.
  3. Cook the garlic uncovered until it is slightly golden before removing from the heat.
  4. Stir in the drained spaghetti and toss with the garlic oil sauce and the reserved pasta water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper before sprinkling Parmesan cheese over it.
  6. ENJOY!

Other of My Home-Tested Spaghetti Recipes You Should Try

Mexican Spaghetti with Black Beans and Cheese

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Irish Spaghetti

Vegetarian Spaghetti with Onion, Bell Pepper and Cheese

Tuna Spaghetti

Cheesy Spinach Pasta with Herbs

Easy and Healthy Garlic Spaghetti
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Incredibly easy and healthy, this recipe for garlic spaghetti is quick to prepare and utterly delicious, ideal for a light summer main dish. The simple spaghetti is infused with lots of garlic, extra virgin olive oil and topped with Parmesan cheese.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic olive oil spaghetti recipe, garlic spaghetti, healthy garlic spaghetti, quick dinner ideas, summer pasta
Servings: 6
Author: Mary Balandiat
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. thin spaghetti
  • 8 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup 1/3 cup of reserved pasta water
  • ½ cups of Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti as directed on the package.
  2. When the spaghetti is nearly done (about five minutes before you expect it is tender enough), start heating the oil in a skillet over low heat before adding the finely chopped garlic.
  3. Cook the garlic uncovered until it is slightly golden before removing from the heat.
  4. Stir in the drained spaghetti and toss with the garlic oil sauce and the reserved pasta water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper before sprinkling Parmesan cheese over it.
  6. ENJOY!
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