Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic & Olive Oil


Garlic is used two different ways in this dish. The intense garlic bite is great with the sturdy flavors of whole-wheat spaghetti. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes 

Whole wheat garlic pasta
Photo: © Scott Hocker
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti

  • Kosher salt

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

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


  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 ½ 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 and remaining garlic. Mix again and serve.

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