Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Last weekend I watched Chef, an inspiring movie which follows the life of Chef Carl Casper. During one of the scenes he is shown making spaghetti aglio e olio, a traditional Italian dish which is known to delight the senses by its simplicity of its flavors. The scene in the movie inspired me to make my own spaghetti aglio e olio as soon as I returned home! This is one of my favorite Italian dishes and it reminds me of so many different places I have had this dish and all the memories I have attached to it. Garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and parsley – my favorite way to eat spaghetti.

1 serving of whole wheat/gluten free/regular spaghetti (1 serving = a bunch of soba noodle through loop formed with your thumb and forefinger)
2 – 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp roughly chopped garlic
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
½ cup finely chopped parsley
Salt and white pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese to taste

  • Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package. Once cooked, drizzle 1 tablespoon oil and keep it on the side.
  • Take a big pan, put remaining olive oil and add garlic at a low flame. Cook it but do not let it turn brown. After 2 minutes add onion and sweat it at low flame for five minutes and then add green and red peppers. Cook for 5 more minutes, then add spaghetti and mix it. Add salt and pepper in the end.
  • Fold in fresh parsley and parmesan cheese on the top.

P.S.: If you haven’t seen the movie Chef yet, its highly recommended!