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Penne Aglio e Olio (Pasta w/ Garlic & Oil)

Penne Aglio e Olio in bowl

If you don’t already know, my family is of Italian descent. I have fond memories of my parents making this dish quite often growing up. It’s always been a family favourite. So yes, I’m bringing you, yet another, Italian classic! This recipe offers rich, delicious garlicky flavour with plenty of kick for all you spice lovers. It only requires FIVE basic ingredients, and is SUPER easy to make. This Penne Aglio e Olio is a simple, but flavourful dish to prepare and cook. The perfect choice for a busy weeknight when you just need a quick meal, without sacrificing flavour!

Although this dish is called penne aglio e olio, you may try it with a variety of different pasta options. I also often use rigatoni and fusilli. Both of which are great! Or you may also use whole grain or gluten free varieties. Or try some protein packed pasta options, such as lentil or chickpea pastas.

To prepare this dish, the first thing I do is get my pot of water on the stove top and let it come to a boil. While I’m waiting, I cut up my broccoli. Then I prepare my oil, garlic and peppers in a small pot and set aside. Once the water comes to a boil, I add my pasta and broccoli, and then I turn on my oil as well. By following this method you can have this dish ready and on the table in only 20 minutes! The perfect dinner option for a busy evening.

Want more classic Italian dishes?

Check out my Italian Stuffed Peppers or Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Style Risotto.

Or, if you’re so inclined, learn all about making your very own homemade tomato sauce that you may use in a variety of dishes!

pasta aglio e olio in skillet on white cutting board

Pasta Aglio e Olio (Pasta w/ Garlic & Oil)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: nut free, vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Pasta Aglio e Olio is a classic Italian pasta dish that uses sautéed garlic and spicy peppers to deliver bold flavour with a kick!
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  • 1 lb penne or pasta of choice
  • 1 large broccoli cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6-8 dehydrated chili peppers or to taste
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water


  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to boil and add your pasta, cooking according to package directions for al dente pasta. Add the broccoli to the pot when there are 8 minutes left to cook your pasta so the broccoli does not overcook. *See notes* Drain pasta and broccoli once cooked, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, add the olive oil, garlic and peppers to a large skillet and sauté over medium heat until peppers and garlic are slightly browned, approx. 5 minutes. Add the reserved pasta water, your pasta and broccoli to the pan. Sauté everything together, constantly mixing for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve with extra chili flakes or Vegan Parmesan Cheese if desired.


If your pasta requires 13 minutes to cook, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, then add the broccoli to cook for the remaining 8 minutes.
Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15.3% | Vitamin C: 110.5% | Calcium: 6.7% | Iron: 10.2%
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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