Prep Time  10minutes
Cook Time  10minutes
Total Time  20minutes

Fettucini with Olive Oil and Garlic

One of the simplest pasta dishes you can make is fettucini with olive oil and garlic.  And while very simple, this fettucini dish, if made with good balance, is simply awesome.  In this recipe video, I show you how to make the dish…which only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.  It's great when you've come home late and don't have a lot of time, but still want a tasty, filling dinner.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

Recipe Overview and Keys to Success

As I mentioned above, balance is key to this dish, and the flavors, while rich, are very straight forward.  So you need to be careful not to bury or over power any one ingredient with one of the others.  I’d suggest you make sure you do the following:

  1. Use the best olive oil and cheese you can get; they really do make a difference
  2. It’s pasta, don’t overcook it.  Don’t let it boil any longer than the box suggests, and maybe take it out a bit early
  3. Don’t burn the garlic, add it just a minute or so before you add the pasta
  4. Add the cheese and a final drizzle of olive oil after taking the pasta off the heat to prevent the cheese from melting and clumping together, and to add a bit of fresh olive oil taste

Ingredients for Fettucini with Olive Oil and Garlic (for two)

  • Third pound fettucini pasta
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • Two tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • Quarter cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Half a lemon
  • Tablespoon of parsley

Making the Pasta

  • This sauce is so simple, you make it while the pasta cooks, so drop the fettucini pasta into a pot of boiling salted water
  • In a large sauté pan, add half the olive oil, and heat over medium heat, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté until soft and just starting to turn brown
  • If your garlic starts to brown before the pasta is cooked, pull it off the heat to wait for the pasta
  • Once the pasta is cooked, get the sauté pan hot; drain the pasta and add the fettucini directly to the olive oil and garlic
  • Season with some salt and pepper, and toss with tongs to coat the pasta evenly
  • Add a squeeze of about a quarter lemon; (be careful you can always add a bit more after you taste) and toss
  • Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese, another drizzle of olive oil, and the parsley; toss to combine
  • Give it a final taste, adjust the seasoning, and serve

Hope you enjoy this one.  It’s great with all kinds of pasta.  And because it’s so quick, and I almost always have the ingredients around, it’s a goto when I want something fast and tasty.

Leave a comment below, and let me know how it goes.

Enjoy!!

Fettucini with Olive Oil and Garlic

Comments (4 )

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Anonymous
July 20th, 2011 - 3:34pm
Just wanted to say thanks! I was trying to find a simple, olive oil suce to add to some stuffed noodles and your youtube video was perfect! thanks...i hate to read :)
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Anonymous
February 6th, 2012 - 12:25pm
I'm a full time stay at home wife and mommy for the time being and love to make fresh organic home cooked meals for my family. but I have never made an olive oil sauce for my pasta. we started getting tired of potatoes or rice all the time so it was a nice change. it came out really good. my husband liked it a lot and he's very picky. thanks !
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Anonymous
February 6th, 2012 - 12:26pm
I'm a full time stay at home wife and mommy for the time being and love to make fresh organic home cooked meals for my family. but I have never made an olive oil sauce for my pasta. we started getting tired of potatoes or rice all the time so it was a nice change. it came out really good. my husband liked it a lot and he's very picky. thanks !

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