Olive oil Parmesan Pasta w/ red pepper flakes

Mary Lee


If you like it a little hot, then you'll love this dish. I get requests for this a lot.

You can eliminate the crushed pepper if you'd like, still makes a great tasty dish.

You need not worry about extact measures. Add more or less of any of these ingredients .. it won't hurt the recipe at all.

pinch tips: Perfect Pasta Every Time





15 Min


25 Min


Stove Top


1/3 - 1/2 pound cooked and drained thin spaghetti or vermicelli (reserve approx 1/4 cup pasta water)
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
3-4 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped fine fresh parsley
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt/pepper to taste
optional: sour cream topping

Directions Step-By-Step

In large fry pan add oil .. when oil is hot, reduce heat to low/med, add crushed garlic and crushed pepper flakes , saute for about 2 minutes...add parsley flakes , saute another minute or 2 (no longer, avoid garlic from browning)... add reserved pasta water, stir ...add cooked pasta using tongs, toss / blend pasta well with other ingredients just before removing pasta from pan add parmesan cheese , toss and blend . Serve and Enjoy !

Suggestion: garnish with a tablespoon of sour cream

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy