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Easy Garlic Spaghetti

In need of an easy, inexpensive meal that’s still full of flavor and popular with the whole family? Try this go-to recipe for easy garlic spaghetti! 
In need of an easy, inexpensive meal that's still full of flavor and popular with the whole family? Try this go-to recipe for easy garlic spaghetti!

This post originally appeared on Catz in October of 2012. It has been remade and rephotographed, and brought back from the archives!

So…I have a confession to make, and I think that you might think it’s a little weird. Spaghetti, like a really delicious spaghetti, is one of my favorite things to eat as a leftover for lunch. Is that weird? Maybe not. I feel like it’s weird. This spaghetti here is probably the best spaghetti we’ve ever made and the leftovers were just as good the second and third time around as the original dish was the night we made it!

It’s no surprise this spaghetti is delicious. You start out simmering a ton of garlic in olive oil for 30 minutes.

So, I guess what I’m saying is, that if you don’t like garlic, stay away from this recipe!

But if you do, hop aboard the garlic train because your senses of taste and smell are about to have a party!

Even Josh, who is not the biggest traditional spaghetti fan, loved this recipe. In fact, he said, “If more spaghetti recipes tasted like this, I would get more excited about it!” So…this recipe is a flavor winner and one you should definitely try out the next time you have an easy spaghetti night.

 

In need of an easy, inexpensive meal that's still full of flavor and popular with the whole family? Try this go-to recipe for easy garlic spaghetti!

 
Easy Garlic Spaghetti

Easy Garlic Spaghetti

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

In need of an easy, inexpensive meal that's still full of flavor and popular with the whole family? Try this go-to recipe for easy garlic spaghetti! 

Ingredients

  • 9 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb spaghetti, cooked al dente (I used Angel Hair)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • grated parmesan, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, cook the garlic in the olive oil for 30 minutes on low heat. Stir occasionally to keep the garlic from drying out. In a medium saucepan, add the butter and tomatoes, and stir until well blended and the butter is melted. Stir in the garlic oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare pasta, according to package direction.
  3. Allow the flavors to meld for 10 minutes. Toss with the spaghetti and serve garnished with basil and parmesan.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Lori

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Do you think 1 tsp. per clove sounds right? It has worked in other recipes but they have had much less garlic! Thanks.

Chelsia Rief

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

There is supposed to be a strong garlic flavor, I would maybe do tablespoons instead. If you think about mincing a fresh clove of garlic, each clove, gives about a tbsp. But you could do like 4-5 tablespoons and 3-4 tsp of garlic if your unsure. It should round to about the same thing as fresh. But I love garlic, so the more the better for me. Just adjust based on your taste preference.

Lori

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Do you have to use fresh garlic or could you use the minced garlic in water that you can buy in a jar? I usually use 1 tsp. for every clove.

Chelsia Rief

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

I always use fresh garlic, but I think if you have the garlic in the jar that would work just fine too!:)

Gwen

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Hi! I'm wondering how many people can share this over dinner? thank you

Chelsia Rief

Monday 25th of April 2016

Hi Gwen, This serves about 4-6 depending on how much pasta you heap onto your plate. We usually have leftovers, so I would say it serves 6. :)

Phyllis Jennings

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Made it again last night. It sure is delicious...

Chelsia Rief

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

LOL! I'm so glad you enjoy it Phyllis! When my daughter asks for spaghetti, this is usually the recipe I use. You just can't beat the flavor!

Kaye

Friday 15th of April 2016

"Allow the flavors to meld for 10 minutes." What does "meld" mean? Do I keep the flame on or just let it sit there? I don't wanna mess this up! :D

Kaye

Friday 15th of April 2016

whoops! didn't know you already replied. i've kept the page open for a while :P

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