Spaghetti with Garlic & Herbs


Parsley and basil go especially well with the southern Italian staples garlic and olive oil. Substitute others herbs such as dill, cilantro or mint for a more renegade—but equally delicious—variation. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes 

Spaghetti with garlic and herbs
Photo: © Scott Hocker
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 pound spaghetti

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed through a press

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped basil


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions in a pot of well-salted boiling water.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet set over medium heat, add 1/4 cup of the olive oil. When the oil begins to shimmer, add three-quarters of the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When garlic starts to smell fragrant, after about 1 minute, add a small splash of the pasta cooking water.

  3. When the spaghetti is done, drain and add to the skillet. Mix well, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining garlic, parsley and basil. Mix again and serve.

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