Adventures in Cooking: Italian Spaghetti

The actual name for this recipe is spaghetti aglio, olio, e peperoncino, but there was no way I was going to remember that. It’s actually a really simple recipe, and its simplicity is what really messed me up the first time. All it is is spaghetti noodles, olive oil, garlic, chili pepper flakes, and salt & pepper to taste. See? Simple and delicious! Except for the chili pepper flakes.

The first time I made this recipe I looked at the pictures (from,

and used red pepper flakes. Because that’s what the picture looks like, and that’s what I had on hand. Of course the result was scalded tongues and cries for large cups of milk. Oops.

So I went on a quest for chili pepper flakes. I had chili powder in my cabinet already, but the flakes were so pretty and really made the dish look delicious. I tried Walmart, Food Lion, and even Bi-lo (yes Bi-lo is my idea of a high glass grocery store, don’t judge), but no one had chili peppers in flake form :-(

So I used chili powder and I remembered to take pictures. It turned out quite well, though for the two of us, we could have halved the seasoning.

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Recipe is from


7 ounces of spaghetti
2 large or 3 small garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons of chili pepper flakes
1/4 to 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper


The measurements in this recipe can be shifted depending on your taste preferences.

  1. Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the package, until it is al dente.
  2. Strain spaghetti and place in a large serving dish.
  3. Add minced garlic, chili pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix together well.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 2 to 4.

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