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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Bread Crumbs

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: aglio e olio, spaghetti
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 873 kcal

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Breadcrumbs is a simple, traditional Italian dish that's super wallet friendly and delicious. Simply dressed with buttery breadcrumbs, olive oil, garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes. 




  • 6 slices French bread
  • 4 Tablespoons butter

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 12 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely crushed fennel seeds
  • Generous pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)
  • Lemon zest for topping (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Bread Crumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Toast bread for 15-20 minutes, flipping once during the cooking. Let cool slightly and process in food processor or blender to create breadcrumbs. Toss crumbs with the melted butter, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on your baking sheet and toast for an additional 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente. 

  2. Brown the garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed fennel seeds and red pepper flakes along with the bread crumbs and let heat together until the flavors meld.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving the cooking water. Toss the pasta in the skillet with the bread crumb mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and add additional pasta water if moisture is needed. Sprinkle with parmesan and lemon zest, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Bread Crumbs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 873 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 600mg26%
Potassium 411mg12%
Carbohydrates 141g47%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.