Aglio olio is one of favorite meals of baby Ren and his Daddy. Hearing the words aglio olio reminds me on Olivia – Popeye’s girlfriend.
If possible, cook fresh and eat immediately. Equally important, using fresh ingredients from garlic to herbs will ensure delicious aglio olio.
This very easy to prepare #5minutemeal recipe in its most basic form calls for garlic (aglio) and oil (olio). It is okay if you are missing 1 or 2 ingredients listed below, as long as you have the garlic and oil.
Our Asian-flavored aglio olio also uses sesame oil. Perhaps, it is the sesame oil that gives our home-cooked version its uniqueness seldom found in Italy or Italian restaurants.
For sesame oil, I use Ghee Hiang Baby brand manufactured in Penang, Malaysia, using methods and techniques learned from Fujian, China.
Ghee Hiang does not sponsor me any. Although the price is slightly more expensive than other brands of sesame oil sold in Singapore NTUC Fairprice, I have since fallen in love with the fragrance and aroma since my first confinement after the birth of baby Ren.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
♥ 70g dried spaghetti pasta (意大利面)
♥ 5 cloves garlic (蒜头), thinly sliced
♥ 1/4 onion (洋葱), finely chopped
♥ 1 tsp anchovies (ikan bilis / ikan teri)
♥ 1 tsp dried shrimp (虾米), finely chopped
♥ 1 red chilli (红辣椒), cut into fine rings (optional)
♥ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (橄榄油)
♥ 1 tsp sesame oil (麻油)
♥ 1 tbsp fresh parsley (香菜), finely chopped
♥ pepper (胡椒粉) to taste
1. Boil pasta in salted water until al dente.
2. Meanwhile, wash and mince garlic, onion, dried shrimps.
3. Heat olive oil on a frying pan.
4. Sautee garlic, onion, chili, dried shrimps, anchovies.
5. Over low heat (or no heat), add pasta, sesame oil, herbs, pepper. Mix well so every strain of spaghetti looks glossy.
If you have extra time, you can consider any of these optional ingredients:
♥ prawns, boiled
♥ scallops, pan-grilled
♥ fish, pan-grilled
♥ mushrooms, sauteed
♥ fresh (recommended) / dried herbs (basil, oregono, thyme)
After savoring home cooked aglio olio, how is about few bites of tiramisu as a dessert?
Check also our other #5minutemeal recipes.