That day, I felt like eating something really light, so I cooked this very simple Spaghetti Aglio Olio for lunch.

This is a no-frills recipe, and is very easy to follow.  If you like the aromatic blend of garlic and olive oil, you would probably enjoy the taste.  If you are cooking for your kids, you may want to add some sausages and ham to go along with the spaghetti in case they think it looks quite plain.

Instructions (Serves 3 adults):

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, chopped finely
  • 300 g spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons fresh or dried english parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1:  Boil water in a stockpot enough to cook the spaghetti.  When water boils, add a pinch of salt and drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil.

Step 2:  Put in the spaghetti and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes till al dente.  You can taste a strand of spaghetti to check on it.  If you prefer them softer, leave it for another minute or so.

Step 3:  Remove the cooked spaghetti and place them in a colander to drain of excess water.

Step 4:  Heat up the rest of the olive oil in a pan.  When oil is hot, add the chopped garlic.  Stir fry till garlic is fragrant.

Step 5:  Transfer the cooked spaghetti back into the pan.  Toss spaghetti with garlic till well blended.

Step 6:  Add lemon juice, salt, parsley flakes and ground black pepper.  Mix well.  Serve.

This is my simple and satisfying lunch.

Another all-in-one lunch box idea for the lazy you (and me).  I hope you like it!

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2 Responses to “Lunchbox Recipe #14: Simple Spaghetti Aglio Olio”

  1. I love spaghetti aglio olio. It is the only pasta dish that my father would eat.

    It is interesting that you add lemon juice. I will try that next time I make this.

  2. Lemon juice does make a difference to the dish, I feel. :)

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