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Quick and Easy Garlic Linguine

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Serves 4-8(main course vs side) | Prep Time 5-10 minutes | Cook Time 10 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Some friends of ours were visiting the States from Italy. They made the most wonderful pasta I have ever tasted. The told us the ingredients, but never the amounts or how they cooked it. In our several attempts to duplicate the dish, we stumbled upon something very close! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients You'll Need

Quick and Easy Garlic Linguine

1 pound box linguine-prepared per package instructions

1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin gives the most flavor)

8 cloves garlic-minced or small diced

sea salt to taste

black pepper to taste


While your pasta is boiling, put your saute pan on the heat. Medium to medium-low (depending on your stove) should be enough heat without burning the garlic. Place olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in the pan. Allow then to saute, stirring occassionally until the garlic has become soft. In the 5 to 10 minutes it takes for your pasta to boil, your sauce is already done! Strain your pasta and pour into your saute pan. Toss linguine until well coated with oil and serve!

This is a quick and easy recipe any night of the week. It can be varied easily and limited only by your imagination. To change things up, add: halved grape or sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, cooked chicken/sausage/meatballs, or grilled vegetables.


The longer the oil sits with the garlic in it, the stronger the taste. You can start the oil when you put your water on to boil. Just be careful you don't burn the garlic!

Garlic powder can be substituted for garlic cloves, but will not taste exactly the same. You may want to put the garlic powder on the drained pasta (the water will help rehydrate it a little) or put it in some water to rehydrate prior to placing it in the oil. However, this is to be put in before the oil gets hot or you will get splattered. If you are not careful, the dry powder will burn! Been there, done that!

DON'T FORGET, season your pasta while it is cooking. I use sea salt and sometimes throw a few cloves of garlic in the water, too.

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