Pasta Aglio e Olio – A Chef Recipe

Ever since watching the movie ‘Chef’ in the cinema upon its release, I’ve been obsessed with El Jefe’s garlic pasta.

The specific pasta I’m talking about, is the pasta Carl makes for Molly in his apartment. It’s such an amazing scene, and for someone like me, who is all about food and flavour, it was instantly intriguing. Somehow it manages to be a really sensual scene, the sounds, the pictures, the attentiveness is just perfect. It’s probably one of my favourite scenes in the entire movie!

So I decided to give Carl’s Pasta Aglio e Olio a go, and see what would happen – it’s freaking delicious!!

This is enough to make one portion, so double, triple etc. for each person at your table. I’m also not up for portioning your pasta, cook however much you fancy for yourself. I trust you. If you’re not vegan, or vegetarian you could put Parmesan in this too…or if you’re vegetarian, you could add some veggie form of Italian hard cheese.

img_3105Pasta Aglio e Olio


  • One portion al dente cooked white spaghetti – I used white as it doesn’t distract from the garlic and olive oil flavours coming through, but if you prefer wholemeal, use that instead.
  • 2 Large Cloves of Garlic
  • 2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil  – Has to be Olive
  • 1 Large handful Fresh Parsley
  • 1/4tsp Chilli/Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to season


  1. In a large deep frying pan, heat up your oil on low.
  2. Whilst heating, cut your garlic into very thin slivers, and add this to the pan.
  3. Once it’s coloured through a bit, (I overcooked mine a tad, but it made the garlic a little crunchy which was lush!!) add the chilli flakes and parsley to the pan,  alongside a pinch of salt, and a half pinch of pepper to season.
  4. After 30 seconds to a minute, add in your pasta and stir it all together, coating the pasta in oil, garlic and parsley.
  5. Serve in a large white pasta bowl with a fork, and if you fancy, top with your choice of strong Italian hard cheese.

I absolutely adore this movie, and will hopefully figure out a way to make both regular, and vegan versions of Carl’s Cubans sandwiches, because they look lush!




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