Garlic Spaghetti in Basil Almond Pesto


I’ll be silent for a week or so. We are off to Delhi for a short vacation. My dear brother in law is soon getting hitched for a lifetime. He'll be getting engaged in a couple of days, so we’ll have big fat engagement ceremonies to be a part of, several families to meet and great, some partying, rasta shopping too and, of course lots of good food to relish.

We've been eagerly looking forward to the roka ceremony, followed by a series of colourful and interesting occasions like shagan and chunni chadhana, so you can imagine how excited the entire family is. After weeks of crazy wardrobe shopping, we have our bags ready, all filled to brim, begging space for more to accommodate. It’s been a crazy week as you can see!

But before I leave, I have this simple recipe for Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, aka Garlic Spaghetti along with a dozen photographs for you to feast. I'll have this auto-post while I'm away enjoying the ceremonies, so I hope that makes up for my absence.

The recipe is so simple that even a novice cook cannot go wrong with this one. I stirred in some homemade Basil Almond Pesto and these were delicious! My little one scraped the bowl clean, licking every bit of the pasta and the sauce. The husband loved the simple, yet fiercely spiced garlicky spaghetti and considered to be made too often. In all the recipe was a clean winner.

Garlic Spaghetti - Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

250 gms spaghetti
4-5 cloves chopped garlic
1-2 tsp. crushed red chilli flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
A bunch of freshly chopped basil
Grated parmesan cheese

In a large pot with boiling salted water cook the spaghetti pasta until al dente. Drain and drizzle a quick dash of olive oil. Meanwhile, place a large skillet over low heat and sauté chopped garlic, basil, and red chilli flakes with olive oil. I used dried whole red chillies and chopped them finely. Sauté till the garlic turns golden in colour. Toss pasta with garlic mixture and butter. Top it with a generous grating of parmesan cheese. Serve hot with a pesto of your choice.

The Garlic Spaghetti is delicious as is, but makes for a great meal if served with a salad and fresh pesto sauce of your choice. Simply toss the prepared Garlic Spaghetti in Basil Almond Pesto and serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. Love the lighting in all the pics and the sphagetti click very much....basil almond pesto is a great idea!

  2. love green colour and awesome looking spagetti.

  3. Very nice recipe and beautiful clicks, and i second shaarmi, love the lighting

  4. Wowwww.. looks absolutely awesome and perfect.. very gorgeous pictures !!

  5. wow delicious recipe and wonderful clicks...

  6. very delicious sphagetti..looks perfect n nice clicks..

  7. Delicious pasta and beautiful clicks!

  8. I love basil almond pesto and garlicky spaghetti! This looks so delish, Mallika!

    Have fun at the wedding :)

  9. SO Lovely! I just came back from my brother's wedding and the fun I had was priceless. Hope you get to enjoy a lot too :)

  10. Oh thats such a nice comforting plate of spaghetti. Its pretty versatile as one can make pesto with any green leaf - kale, cilantro, basil, spinach etc. I take whatever i have on hand andd turn it around.
    Lovely clicks.


  11. Love basil and pasta - perfect combination!

  12. Classic photography...awesome stunning pics...happy following u,when free drop into my space and will encouraging if u follow back

  13. Thanks Revathi, glad you loved my blog.