When it's the middle of the workweek in winter, all you want is a yummy, comforting, and homemade meal for dinner. And preferably one that doesn't require a trip to the grocery store and only takes 10 minutes to make. If you're in that mood, nothing is better than pasta aglio e olio, otherwise known as spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. Sometimes the best thing is the simplest thing, which is why you'll love these easy aglio e olio pasta recipes, ranging from traditional to inventive and from healthy to indulgent. Make them with a garden salad, a side of veggies, and protein, or enjoy it as a stand-alone meal. Click through to take your pick, or shall we say, twirl.
If you were a die-hard red sauce lover, you're about to switch teams. Made with pepper flakes and butter instead of olive oil, this recipe from The Suburban Soapbox is deliciously rich and spicy yet unbelievably simple.
Studiopatró Crimson Cross-Back Kitchen Apron ($76)
First things first: Don't forget your kitchen armor (also known as a stylish apron).
For something healthier but just as delectable as the classic Italian dish, try this spaghetti squash aglio e olio from Half Baked Harvest. It's the perfect combination of a light, fresh dinner that's also thoroughly comforting.
Williams Sonoma All-Clad Gourmet Accessories Stock Pot ($199)
Make sure your kitchen is stocked with the basics.
If you want to try something a little more ambitious than the classic aglio e olio pasta, try this recipe from I am a Food Blog. It's an enhanced version with some extra flavors complete with scallops, lemon, and peas.
Hawkins New York Simple Walnut Wooden Spoons ($26)
These wooden spoons prove that sometimes stirring the pot is a good thing.
You know the drill: lots of garlic, lots of chili, and lots of oil. Just add pecorino and freshly minced parsley. And even if you don't have parsley on hand, don't worry—every bite of this recipe from In Simone's Kitchen will be full of garlicky goodness.
CB2 Moonrock Dinnerware ($8)
Put your aglio e olio in a bowl or on a plate optimized for spaghetti twirling.
If you feel like you need to introduce some veggies to your bowl of heavenly carbs but you wouldn't dare throw off the color scheme, opt for this vegan recipe from Minimalist Baker that also calls for crispy roasted cauliflower.
Serena & Lily Del Mar Napkins ($68)
Trust us—you'll want to keep a napkin nearby and perhaps a Tide To Go stick, too.
This recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon is just as easy to whip up, except this time, you get to add a little extra oomph to your bowl of pasta vis-à-vis lemon zest. Then all you have to do is twirl and devour the delicious capellini noodles.
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Okay, now go ahead and dig in with some stylish gold flatware.