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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 Prosciutto Arugula Pizza or Italian Stuffed Peppers.

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!

Penne Aglio e Olio in bowl

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

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Penne aglio e olio is a quick and easy weeknight meal. This classic Italian pasta dish uses sautéed garlic and spicy peppers to really deliver some kick!
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  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 package penne or pasta of choice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 dried chili peppers or to taste


  • Bring a large sauce pan of salted water to boil and add your pasta and broccoli to the pot, cooking for 10 minutes (or according to package directions for al dente pasta). Drain pasta and broccoli and return to the same pot.
  • Meanwhile, add the olive oil, garlic and chili peppers to a small sauce pan and sauté over medium low heat until peppers are slightly browned, approx. 5 minutes.
  • While oil is still hot, pour the mixture over your pasta and broccoli and mix well.
  • Serve & enjoy!
Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15.3% | Vitamin C: 110.5% | Calcium: 6.7% | Iron: 10.1%
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