1 box of spaghetti or linguine noodles. Preparation. Pasta Aglio e Olio Ingredients. Taste the sauce; add salt as needed. Keep at low simmer until the pasta is ready. Start cooking the When the pasta is not quite done al dente, bring the sauce to an active simmer, and then dump the pasta in. 1/2 head of garlic (or more if you really like garlic) 1/2 cup of chopped parsley. 1 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like spice) salt and pepper to taste 2. Ladle in 2 cups of boiling pasta water (watch out for sizzling spatters) and cook rapidly for 2 to 3 minutes, reducing the liquid by a third or so. 3. In about 20 minutes you’ll be serving glistening pasta loaded with olive oil, toasty garlic, fresh parsley, zesty lemon juice and a kick of crushed red pepper. Pasta Aglio e Olio is easy to make, delicious to eat and the sexiest pasta recipe I know. 1/2 lemon* 1/2 cup high quality olive oil. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. 1.