Spaghetti With Garlic and Chile Flakes

This simple spaghetti with garlic and chile flakes couldn’t be more simple. Just spaghetti, garlic, oil, and red pepper flakes. Great for lunch, snack, or a fast weeknight dinner.

A white enamel pot with a blue rim with spaghetti, chili flakes, and oil in the bottom. A set of wooden tongs sits inside.

This simple spaghetti with garlic and chile flakes is perfect for when the pantry is bare and you’re scrounging for a simple no-stress supper or a late-night nosh or even some morning sustenance when you plop a fried egg atop.So when it’s half past when you’d wanted to eat and it seems like the fridge and pantry are bare, take a look at this recipe. And then think again. Originally published Feb. 16, 2012.Renee Schettler Rossi

Simple Spaghetti

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  • 6 to 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 3 large-ish garlic cloves
  • 4 or so tablespoons olive oil
  • A good pinch dried chile flakes (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1. Take out a large pot and bring at least 8 cups water to a rolling boil. Add some salt, then plunge in the pasta. When the water comes back to a boil, cook according to the package directions.
  • 2. While the pasta is cooking, peel the garlic and slice it as thinly as possible.
  • 3. When your pasta is ready, drain it, reserving a little of the cooking liquid in a bowl.
  • 4. Place the pot or a skillet on medium heat and pour in the oil. Add the garlic and chiles and cook briefly, until the garlic just starts to turn golden. Remove from the heat and add the drained pasta and maybe 2 to 4 tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid, as much as needed to get your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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