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Quarantine Cuisine: easy spaghetti aglio e olio with spicy shrimp recipe

The definition of comfort food.

1y ago

Italian aglio e olio is a light yet delicious pasta dish that is made of a base of garlic and oil, and served with freshly grated parmesan cheese. This recipe showcases the original garlic and oil flavours with a mix of spicy shrimp and chilli.

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Spicy Shrimp

A comforting garlic and oil infused pasta dish with shrimp and chilli.

Prep time10min
Cook time20min
Total time30min


  • 500g spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 500g shrimp, deveined
  • 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Chilli powder, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, to garnish


  1. Cook the spaghetti until al dente, in a large pot of boiling water with an added pinch of salt.
  2. Heat a large pan over a medium heat, and add the olive oil and garlic.
  3. Add the chilli flakes to the pan and toast until the garlic turns golden brown.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook until pale pink and opaque.
  5. Add lemon juice to the pan. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper and chilli powder, to taste.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of the pasta cooking water to the pan, and remove from the heat.
  7. Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the pan with the shrimp. Thoroughly toss the pasta through the shrimp.
  8. Add the chopped parsley to the pasta and mix it through.
  9. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and some extra chilli flakes over the pasta to garnish.
  10. Serve hot with a side of tomato, onion and parsley salad.

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Comments (8)

  • Going to try this tomorrow!

      1 year ago
  • That sounds good! Didn't think about adding shrimp to it.

      1 year ago
    • The shrimp just adds some substance to the pasta, but it's equally good on its own too!

        1 year ago
  • Yes, this is my kind of recipe.

      1 year ago