Pasta Aglio E Olio Babish Recipe Made Easy

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

I was arguing with a friend the other day about how amazingly tasty the spaghetti Aglio Olio babish is and he just would not seem to agree to the fact that a recipe that consists of just six simple ingredients could taste just like heaven.

However, after arguing for a while we decided to make one ourselves or rather I prepared a small quantity for him as he didn’t know even what it was not to talk of how it was prepared. After he tasted it 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 humbly pleaded with me to show him how this dish was prepared which I did and as a matter of fact we became very close friends after that day. So ladies and gentle, boys and girls reading this post I present to you pasta Aglio e olio babish. Seat back; 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 is relative to Naples.

The dish is said to consist of the combination of six major ingredients which includes olive oil, sliced, minced or pressed garlic, spaghetti as the most prepared type of pasta, red pepper flakes, finely chopped flat parsley leaf and lastly linguine.

You can, however, choose to add a couple of other ingredients like cheese and lemon to spice it up. More so, this dish started gaining immense popularity after it had featured on the famous Jon Favreau movie ‘chef’, there is practically no way you see that movie without craving for this delicious dish.

It may also interest you to know that the recipe was however recreated by the famous ‘binging with babish’ hence the name babish pasta Aglio e Olio or pasta Aglio e olio babish. Don’t have an idea what binging with babish is? No need to worry your pretty head over it as I will tell you what is it.

Binging with babish is actually a YouTube cooking channel that was created by a man named Andrew Rea. What they do basically is to recreate recipes featured in famous top-notch movies, television, anime and also video games (and as know by the now the pasta Aglio e Olio recipe was featured in the Jon Favreau movie).

The YouTube channel was created by Andrew on the 21st August 2001 with its first show on airing on the 10th of February, 2016 which was basically about parks and recreation burger cook-off. The channel has since recorded a lot of shows including the recreation of 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 which is often called 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 was a growth spurt in processed foods which made canned pasta sauces immensely popular. Food giants as at that time who noticed this quickly took advantage of it and made a sort of powdery parmesan cheese which blended perfectly well with the chunky red spaghetti sauces which were basically marketed as the “French” take on the amazing Italian delicacy.

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:

  • 1 pound of spaghetti noodles preferably dry
  • 1 head of separated and peeled garlic
  • ½ cup of olive oil, fine quality
  • Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of 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. Ensure you 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 of any form of water has dried off, and then pour the olive oil and heat until it is barely simmering. Carefully add the chopped garlic and allow to cook until you noticed it has softened and begins 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 allow simmer for a few minutes, also a teaspoon of salt. Once it simmers add the pasta to the liquid, allow cooking 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. You can also make your very own pasta if it doesn’t stress you.

Other ways to enjoy the pasta Aglio e olio

There are so many ways to enjoy this recipe some of includes trying it out with chicken (which happens to be my favorite), shrimps, meat and also adding 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 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. Same goes for shrimps and 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 you guest eat with joy fulfillment and happiness.

You can also enjoy this recipe when you planning a sort of pasta night that basically involves a sort of presentation of different kinds of pasta as well other 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. So stop salivating and go get the necessary ingredients and make yourself a tasty plate of this amazing dish. More so if you have not seen the movie ‘Chef’ try to watch it as I assure you will enjoy every bit of it.

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Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a frelance 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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