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Pasta Aglio E Olio Babish Recipe Made Easy

I was arguing with a friend the other day about spaghetti Aglio Olio babish and he just would not agree that a recipe consisting of just six simple ingredients could taste just like heaven.

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It went on and on and on, but eventually all words are ultimately silenced by the actual deliciousness of the meal itself. In this vein, I said, “let me make you some, and then you can judge.” Long story short, he was completely blown away — the same way I was the first time I tasted this awesome spaghetti and garlic sauce recipe.

After enjoying the dish, he pleaded with me to show him how this dish was prepared. Not disposed to sadism, I did so, and as a matter of fact we have since become close friends. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you pasta Aglio e olio babish. Sit back and relax as I walk you through everything and anything you need to know about this amazing dish.

What really is Pasta Aglio e Olio babish?

For those of you that don’t seem to have an idea of what pasta Aglio e Olio means: in English, it simply means spaghetti combined with a mixture of garlic and olive oil. It can also be referred to as spaghetti Aglio e olio as spaghetti is also a type of pasta. This is basically traditional Italian pasta whose origin can be traced to Naples.

The dish consists of six primary ingredients: olive oil, sliced, minced or pressed garlic, spaghetti as the most prepared type of pasta, red pepper flakes, finely chopped flat parsley leaf and linguine.

You can, however, choose to add a couple of other ingredients like cheese and lemon to spice it up. This dish started gaining immense popularity after it was featured on the famous Jon Favreau movie Chef, and let me tell you, there is no way you can watch that movie without craving this delicious dish.

It may also interest you to know that the recipe was forever reinvented by the famous ‘Binging with Babish’ hence the name babish pasta Aglio e Olio or pasta Aglio e olio babish.

Don’t know what Binging with Babish is?  Binging with Babish is a YouTube cooking channel created by a man named Andrew Rea. What they do basically is recreate recipes featured in famous movies, television show, anime and even video games. As we already know, the pasta Aglio e Olio recipe was featured in the Jon Favreau movie mentioned before.

The YouTube channel had it’s first upload on February 10, 2016, and it was an episode centered around the Parks and Recreation burger cook-off. The channel has since recorded a lot of shows including the babish pasta Aglio e Olio recipe. More so, the channel has well over 3.9 million subscribers.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio – The story

According to the history books, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (often referred to as spaghetti Aglio Olio) – a light, delicious sauce of olive oil, garlic and freshly grated parmesan cheese — first gained widespread recognition in the United States in the early 1890s and 1900s.

This dish, as a matter of fact, enjoyed this popularity due to the fact that there had been a sudden emergence of processed foods, and canned pasta sauces in particular were becoming immensely popular. Food giants noticed this quickly and took advantage of it, making a sort of powdery parmesan cheese; this cheese blended really well with the chunky red spaghetti sauces which were basically marketed as the “French” take on the amazing Italian original version.

However, if you look further into the history, you discover that the true root of the dish has long been in use by Italians who were already using light tomatoes sauces or olive oil-based sauces for their spaghetti.

Babish pasta Aglio e Olio recipe


This is a babish recipe that I have tried on numerous occasions, and it is not only easy but also probably the tastiest spaghetti and sauce you will ever taste. To prepare this dish you will need the following ingredients:

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 pound pound of spaghetti noodles preferably dry
  • 1 head head of separated and peeled garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil fine quality
  • peel lemon
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (you can add more to turn up the heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


First off, boil a large pot of water well-salted and cook the pasta until it is somewhat half-cooked. Drain pasta and set aside in a bowl. Do not throw away the rest of the liquid used in cooking the pasta.

Next up, carefully and nicely chop the garlic cloves into tiny fine pieces and set aside. Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and heat for a minute until all water has evaporated, then pour the olive oil and heat until it is barely simmering. Carefully add the chopped garlic and allow to cook until it has softened and begun to turn golden at the edges. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the red pepper flakes.

Pour in the pasta liquid gotten from the cooking the pasta to the garlic and oil mixture, lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes, and add a teaspoon of salt. Once it is simmering, add the pasta to the liquid and cook for a few minutes. Squeeze the lemon juice over the mixture.

If the sauce is not thick enough, cook again for an extra 3 minutes until the pasta has absorbed enough liquid. Season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat once the pasta is properly cooked and serve. Voila, you have made yourself a replica of the babish pasta Aglio e Olio.

Serve warm and enjoy with family and friends

Note: for the pasta, you can also choose to use linguine (which was used in the Chef movie) instead of spaghetti. Go even more hardcore by making your own pasta from scratch!

Other ways to enjoy the pasta Aglio e olio

There are so many ways to enjoy this recipe, including the addition of chicken (which happens to be my favorite), shrimps, beef or mushrooms. Trying out this recipe with chicken is quite easy; you only need to add some greens and about a pound of chicken breast (or more depending on how you want it) to the already-listed ingredients.

Preparing this is pretty much the same except that you will need to season the chicken and lightly coat it with flour before frying. Add the fried chicken to the prepared pasta Aglio e Olio and enjoy. The same goes for shrimps and other meat; simply prepare either by frying or just cooking and later add to the already-prepared dish.

The pasta also blends perfectly well with international buffet or food theme. So the next time you are thinking of planning an event which involves serving pasta, consider serving spaghetti Aglio Olio as one of the major dishes and watch your guests be mesmerized.

One thing I’ve been meaning to try is a kind of pasta night; this would basically involve a presentation of different kinds of pasta and traditional noodles, like the Singapore noodle dishes.


The pasta Aglio e Olio babish is the ideal dish for a quick midnight meal as its recipe is relatively easy to get and also to prepare. Stop salivating and go get the necessary ingredients and make yourself a tasty plate of this amazing dish. Oh and one more thing: watch the movie Chef, too. Dinner and a movie, anyone?

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a freelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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