This Garlic Lovers’ Spaghetti is quick and easy to make, it’s packed with simple and ultra-garlicky Italian flavors, and it’s absolutely delicious.
Ok, after sharing my favorite chicken parmesan recipe with you on Monday, I couldn’t resist following it up with my all-time favorite spaghetti recipe. ♥
Guys, I’ve got to be honest with you. I know pasta seems to get a bad rap nowadays, and I try to make veggies and salads and whole-grain-y foods the star of my meals most of the time. But I’ve made my (happy) peace with the fact that pasta will forever and always be my favorite comfort food. And when the craving strikes, this is my tried-and-true recipe that I always turn to.
It’s quick and easy to make. It’s made with ingredients that I literally always have on hand. It’s ready to go in the time it takes to boil your pasta water and cook the spaghetti. It pairs well with just about any protein or veggies on the side. It is wonderfully chocked full of SO MUCH GARLIC. And it is simply my favorite.
So grab some peppermints for afterwards, and let’s make some!
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The recipe really is simple. While your pasta water is coming to a boil, get busy chopping so much garlic. (<– Like, the more the absolute merrier. I generally aim for about 1 large head of garlic for a pound of spaghetti.)
Then melt some butter in a pan and saute the garlic, add in a little white wine, Italian seasoning, and some crushed red pepper and let it all simmer together to reduce a bit.
Then add it to your spaghetti, and voila!
I like topping mine with a little freshly-grated Parmesan and more crushed red pepper and black pepper (because I seem to be obsessed with everything peppery), but feel free to go with whatever sounds good to you. Oh, and if you’re not into cooking with wine, just omit it and add in a little splash of pasta water when mixing in the sauce if need be.
Just don’t skimp on the garlic, please, even if it seems like too much. I believe you’ll thank me later. :)
I’ll be back on Friday with a nice and healthy kale-y recipe. But until then, comfort food for the win!!
This Garlic Lovers’ Spaghetti is quick and easy to make, packed with ultra-garlicky buttery flavor, and SO delicious!!
1 pound dry spaghetti (or any pasta shape will work)
1 large head of garlic (about 12 cloves), peeled and roughly-chopped
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, store-bought or homemade
pinch (each) of salt, freshly-cracked black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes
optional toppings: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, extra black pepper, extra crushed red pepper flakes
Cook pasta in a large generously-salted stockpot of boiling water al dente according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta water is heating, melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is fragrant and just barely starts to brown.
Slowly add in the white wine, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and ready to go. Taste, and season with extra salt and/or pepper and/or crushed red pepper flakes if needed.
Once the pasta is cooked and drained, return it to the stockpot and add in the garlic-butter mixture. Toss until combined.
Serve immediately, garnished with extra toppings if desired.
This looks AMAZZZZING! I could just devour. Good tip on the peppermints ;)
Thanks Taylor! We hope you get a chance to make this next time you’ve got a garlic/pasta craving! :D
This looks incredible! And so simple. I think I just found my dinner recipe for tonight!
Thanks Julia — we hope you enjoy it! :)
I need to try this! Sometimes I cook my spaghetti in beef broth instead of plain water, so maybe I’ll try this that way, too.
We hope you enjoy it! :D
All of that garlic looks amazing~!!!
Thanks — we hope you enjoy! :)
Looks so good!!! Bring on the garlic!!! (and the pasta, PLEASE!) :-D
Thanks Michele — we hope you enjoy! :D
Yum! This sounds so simple and delicious!
Thank you Ryan — we hope you enjoy!
Mmmmm, I’m obsessed with garlic. I don’t care if it makes my breath smell, the taste & health benefits are totally worth it – I’ll definitely be giving this a go come weekend!
Thanks for sharing!
xx, R @ the girl in polka dots
Our sentiments exactly, Rosie! :D We hope you love this!
This sounds great. I think I might saute some shrimp with the garlic mixture and add that to my spaghetti as well.
Ooooh, we think shrimp would be lovely in this — we hope you enjoy!
I have grown some herbs for the first time. Would fresh basil and oregano work and if so, how much?
That’s awesome Cheryl! We think fresh basil and oregano would work wonderfully — maybe 1-2 TBS of each? Just depends on your preference, but there’s nothing like fresh herbs! :) We hope you enjoy!
I agree! This simple but extremely flavorful pasta dish is 100%f comfort food. I love all that garlic!
Thanks Tamar — we hope you enjoy this! :)
Assuming you used rice pasta….sounds yummy but since I ha e no issues with meat, I would cook up either ground turkey or ground beef, some chopped onion, less garlic and enjoy! Thank you for sharing….just may try your quick version as our son loves garlic as well!
We think some ground turkey or beef with onion would be delicious in this Carol — we hope you enjoy! :)
Girl, I can only do a big bowl of pasta like once a month these days, so if I’m going to make it then it needs to be special. THIS IS THAT SPECIAL PASTA – I can’t wait to try it! Extra garlic (and peppermints?) for me!
Yay! Thanks Heather, and we hope you love it! :D
Yum. I love garlic. Trying this recipe tonight.
Awesome, we hope you enjoy! :)
My philosophy is you can never use too much garlic or fresh ground black pepper! This recipe was made for me !!!!!
This is my go to with a nice loaf of crusty Italian bread. Very tasty. I love everything with Garlic. Everything is ready to go in 30 minutes.
We’re so glad you enjoyed it Christine!
A perfect combination between Italian and Balkan cuisine. It was great. I added an egg in addition to each portion. It was great!
This pasta is delicious, flavorful, and easy!! Great weekday comfort meal with items that I always have on hand! Thank you for sharing!!
Thanks Samantha — we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)
Oh I will definitively have to try this. It is so simple, but it looks so delicious.
Thanks — we hope you enjoy it! :)
If I don’t have any dry white wine would it still come out good? Thanks for sharing it looks delicious!
Hi Pamela! Yes, we think this would still be tasty without white wine, but it’s definitely worth adding if you can! :)
This is a staple in my house, but less complicated. Garlic sauté in oil, brown some bread crumbs add pepper flakes if you chose. Done
We’re glad you enjoy it!
just saw this in your top 16 list, hadn’t seen this before, thank you for this, love heavy garlic flavors (in most things!) and all of these flavors
I made this last night and all I could think about at work today is how badly I want to go home and make this again. It is a new favorite! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you, Ashley — we’re so happy you liked it!
I made this and it is a very good side dish. This recipe goes great with any kind of meat, fish, or chicken. My family loved it.
We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Cynthia! :)
I make this also but I had Bacon and drippings !!! Love it!
Oooh, we think adding bacon and bacon drippings is a fantastic idea, and we’re glad you enjoyed this! :)
Making this tonight! Looks like it will be amazing…we love garlic!
Wonderful, we hope you guys enjoy! :)
My midwife recommended me to eat more garlic, so I’ve made this recipe a couple of times! I love it! The only problem is I usually burn the garlic :( lol I’m watching carefully this time as I make it.
Yeah, garlic can be so sensitive. :) Keep a close eye on it…and enjoy!
This is literallly one of my favorite recipes to make! It’s so simple yet tastes so good!
Just made this and it’s amazing! Like heaven in my mouth! ❤️
This was easy dinner night. Let me tell you, that garlic butter combo was fantastic!!! I had some smoked sausages that I sliced in half and added to it. Then I had buns and opened one, a slice of sausage and garlic butter combo on top. Ohhhhhhh, pasta is drained waiting for me. LOL. Thank you! It’s a keeper!!
We love garlic and we love pasta! This was a simple and delisious dish. I didn’t have wine so I did use pasta water, I added 3/4 c. chopped spinach and shrimp and it made a complete meal. I looked at other recipes and people commented that it was dry, try this one because it was just right! I took pictures but didn’t know how to post here.
Just made fresh pasta and paired it with this sauce. It was delicious!! We all loved it. Definitely a keeper. I’m so glad to have discovered your blog.
I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m pretty sure this is going to go as a side with my meatballs parmesan next time I make it.
Absolutely delicious! I made the homemade pasta with this sauce and served it with a salmon filet. I did go easy on the garlic, and I don’t think it hindered the taste of the sauce at all. So so good, will definitely make again.