1 box of spaghetti or linguine noodles. 1. Taste the sauce; add salt as needed. 2. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. In about 20 minutes you’ll be serving glistening pasta loaded with olive oil, toasty garlic, fresh parsley, zesty lemon juice and a kick of crushed red pepper. Ladle in 2 cups of boiling pasta water (watch out for sizzling spatters) and cook rapidly for 2 to 3 minutes, reducing the liquid by a third or so. 1 tsp red pepper flakes (or more if you like spice) salt and pepper to taste 1/2 lemon* 1/2 cup high quality olive oil. Pasta Aglio e Olio is easy to make, delicious to eat and the sexiest pasta recipe I know. 1/2 head of garlic (or more if you really like garlic) 1/2 cup of chopped parsley. Pasta Aglio e Olio Ingredients. 3. Start cooking the Preparation. When the pasta is not quite done al dente, bring the sauce to an active simmer, and then dump the pasta in. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Keep at low simmer until the pasta is ready.