15 Easy & Budget-Friendly Summer Dinner Recipes

2. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio hails from Naples, Italy, and is one of the simplest pasta dishes in Italian cuisine. It showcases the elegance of combining just a few high-quality ingredients to create a deeply satisfying meal.

  • Ingredients:
    • 400g spaghetti
    • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup olive oil (120ml)
    • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (15g)
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (50g)
    • Salt to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions in salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain.
    2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cooking until the garlic is golden but not burnt.
    3. Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan, tossing to coat in the garlic oil. Add a splash of the reserved pasta water to create a light sauce.
    4. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.
    5. Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan and parsley.