One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio


One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

My one-pot rendition of the classic Spaghetti Aglio e Olio recipe turned out so good that I immediately started working on this blog post.

If you’re unfamiliar with Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, it’s an Italian dish primarily consisting of spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, and parsley. Unlike the original dish, I’ll be cooking (raw) spaghetti together with sauteed garlic-chili flakes mixture.

The list of ingredients are few and simple.

Vegan Aglio e Olio Ingredients

My local vendor ran out of Parsley, so I went with Cilantro instead. Sorry, Italy.

Vegan Aglio e Olio Saute

First, I sauteed garlic + chili flakes with extra virgin olive oil for 5-6 minutes, or the garlic was golden. I sauteed them over low-medium heat so the flavors were nicely infused with the oil.

Vegan Aglio e Olio Recipe
Add water & spaghetti

Next, I added salt + water + spaghetti and brought it to a boil. 

As it came to a boil, I continuously stirred the pasta until much of liquid was absorbed and evaporated. Stirring also helps to emulsify the water with oil – which in turns makes the mixture saucy.

Vegan Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe
Absorb, Evaporate, Emulsify

Finally, I added lemon juice + pepper + freshly chopped cilantro, and stir-cooked until the excess liquid was gone.

And that’s about it. One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is ready. Serve hot.

One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
5 from 4 votes

One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Quick and Easy Vegan One-Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe by Veganbell.

Course Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword aglio e olio, italian, pasta
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 778 kcal
Author Veganbell


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Spaghetti pasta for 1 serving (adjust for multiple servings)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Handful of cilantro / parsley (freshly chopped)


  1. Set a large, thick-bottomed pan over low-medium heat.

  2. Add extra virgin olive oil + garlic + chili flakes.

  3. Saute for 5-6 minutes, or until the garlic is golden.

  4. Add salt + water + spaghetti. Give it a quick mix.

  5. Cover the pan, turn up the heat to medium, and bring it to a boil.

  6. Once it comes to a boil, remove the cover and stir continuously for 4-5 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked, and around half of the liquid is absorbed / evaporated.

  7. Next, add lemon juice + pepper + freshly chopped cilantro.

  8. Continue stirring for 2-3 minutes, or until much of the liquid is evaporated and emulsified. You're looking for a thick, saucy mixture at this point.

  9. Turn off the heat and serve hot.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Amount Per Serving
Calories 778 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 2392mg104%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 593IU12%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I would definitely add more garlic which I did while making it, turned out really garlicky and awesome. Thanks .

  2. Well, you have a very unique way to cook Aglio e Olio, that I have never seen anywhere.I was kinda sceptical at first but after making this twice already , I can say this will be my go-to meal.i loved the idea of cooking spaghetti in the same pan.i usually add mushrooms to my pastas so that won’t be a problem as it’s highly customisable to add any veggies of choice.

  3. Made this simple pasta this way for my partner and he was amazed by the way I cooked.i never thought of cooking pasta in the same pan, the starch from the pasta made the dish even creamier.
    I audded a bunch of roasted vegetables to it and it was a big win.

  4. That’s such a cool and new way to cook pasta.The best thing is it’s a one-pot meal, so lesser dishes to clean.
    I’ll definitely be trying this.
    Thanks for this cool idea.