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Instant Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

One of the simplest of all pasta recipes that is a perfect for weeknights and is ready in under 15 minutes with just a handful of basic ingredients. Loaded with garlic, this Instant Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a family favorite. It is simple yet satisfying!!

perfectly cooked al dente spaghetti aglio e olio recipe

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is one of the basic pasta recipes with minimal ingredients – Perfect for these times when we are forced to make recipes with whatever we have around.

It is simple, comforting, makes a deliciously easy weeknight dinner and mainly a kid favorite. Instant pot garlic noodles is delicious plain, but I like to serve a side of roasted broccoli for some green.

instant pot spaghetti aglio e olio

What is spaghetti Aglio E Olio?

Originating from Naples, this is a traditional Italian pasta made by sautéing minced garlic in olive oil and stirring in cooked spaghetti, grated parmesan (some Italians might argue that this optional) and parsley with some of the pasta cooking liquid to bring it all together. Aglio e olie literally means olive oil and garlic in Italian.

Red pepper flakes is sometimes added and then the dish is titled Spaghetti Aglio, Olio E Peperoncino. So, this is technically instant pot spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Aglio E Olio is

  • Easy, one pot
  • Less clean up
  • Handful of ingredients
  • Basic pantry staples
  • Ready in 15 minutes
  • D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S

How to make Spagetti Aglio E Olio?

Melt butter and olive oil in instant pot and then add chopped garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir until it begins to get pale golden (not any darker). Add water, salt, ground black pepper and dried parsley. Stir everything together, until well combined.

Place broken spaghetti on top, slightly immersing into the liquid (trying to seperate them). Do not stir at this point. Cook for 5 minutes and then in warm mode for 5 minutes. Open, stir in grated parmesan. Let rest for few minutes before serving.

Stir in chopped garlic and red pepper flakes into the melted butter and olive oil
Pour water into the garlicky oil mixture
Stir water, salt, pepper and parsley well in the instant pot
add broken spaghetti into the instant pot and stir into garlicky water

Main ingredients for this instant pot garlic spaghetti:

Butter – Unsalted butter. Reduce salt if using salted butter

Olive oil – Good extra virgin olive oil or use whatever is available at home

Garlic – A lot of freshly chopped garlic.

Red pepper flakes – This is optional, or you could reduce it. But, I would highly recommend not skipping since this instant pot aglio e olio gets delicious with some spice.

Spaghetti – Ain’t aglio e olio without spaghetti!

Parmesan Cheese – Parmesan adds a salty, nutty flavor.

Fresh or dried parsley – I went with dried parley since that was what I had around.

If using dried parsley, add along with salt and pepper along with water.

If using fresh parsley, add at the end along with parmesan cheese.

Salt and pepper – This dish depends a generous portion of salt and pepper.

Expert tips:

Salt – Since this instant pot pasta aglio e olio recipe is the most simplest, it relies heavily on the seasonings. I used 1 teaspoon of salt found it to be well seasoned and tasty. That being said, use salt as per your taste.

Butter – Traditional aglio e olio instant pot uses only olive oil. Butter adds a touch more flavor, but it is purely optional. If skipping butter then use a total of 2 tablespoons olive oil.

If using dried parsley, add along with salt and pepper along with water.

If using fresh parsley, add at the end along with parmesan cheese.

Serving suggestions:

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Maria Doss
One of the simplest of all pasta recipes that is a perfect for weeknights and is ready in under 15 minutes with just a handful of basic ingredients. Loaded with garlic, this Instant Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a family favorite.
5 from 10 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Set Instant pot to saute mode. When hot, add olive oil and butter and let the butter melt.
    Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until it begins to get pale golden (do not wait for it to get darker in color).
  • Press cancel and add water, salt, ground black pepper and dried parsley. Give a good stir and the place spaghetti on top. Using a spoon, gently press the spaghetti into the liquid trying to seperate them (This helps in spaghetti not sticking together). DO NOT STIR at this point.
  • Close and lock lid (with valve turned to sealing), cook for 5 minutes on manual (high pressure and normal temperature).
    Let Instant pot be in warm mode for 4 to 5 minutes (for al dente pasta) or 7-8 minutes (for more softer pasta). Release pressure, open and stir in grated parmesan.
    Let pasta rest for 5 minutes garnished with more grated parmesan, chopped fresh parsley and red pepper flakes.

Notes

Salt – Since this Spaghetti Aglio e Olio recipe is the most simplest, it relies heavily on the seasonings. I used 1 teaspoon of salt found it to be well seasoned and tasty. That being said, use salt as per your taste.
Butter – Traditional spaghetti aglio e olio uses only olive oil. Butter adds a touch more flavor, but it is purely optional. If skipping butter then use a total of 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Parsley – I went with dried parley since that what I had around.
If using dried parsley, add along with salt and pepper along with water.
If using fresh parsley, add at the end along with parmesan cheese.
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