Chilli Garlic Pasta

July 15, 2023mayurisjikoni
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Recipe: Chilli Garlic Pasta

Chilli Garlic Pasta is an easy, quick and flavourful pasta dish that comes together within 10-12 minutes. While the pasta is boiling, get the green chilli, garlic and olive oil base ready. This is my go to dish when I don’t want to spend too much time cooking, need a meal in front of the telly or for those lazy days when I don’t want to cook elaborate meals.


This recipe first came alive in my kitchen one extremely lazy Sunday evening. Didn’t want to get dressed and go out for a meal. Back then who had heard of home deliveries. Suggestions were thrown around … cereal, toast and tea, popcorn, no meal, etc. Hubby suggested pasta. I was in  no mood to make the sauce as back then we didn’t get ready made pasta sauce.

Hubby being kind and sympathetic, suggested we have plain pasta with lots of olive oil drizzled over it. While the pasta was boiling, I thought “why not add a bit of flavour”. So quickly peeled and chopped the garlic and finely chopped some green chillis.  Stir fried them in olive oil till the garlic was about done and then tossed the pasta in it. Voilà a quick tasty pasta became our favourite quick meal.

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Sharing This Recipe With Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts

This group allows participants to redo old posts. This time got round to making my really old post, Chilli Garlic Pasta. Unfortunately, I was not able to take too many photos so am stuck with the 3 that I will share today. Hoping, next time I remember to take some more but taking photos of food at night is not the most ideal. I prefer to take the shots in natural light. Luckily, I am blessed with lots of natural light in my apartment.

First published this recipe on 30/04/2013. Republishing on 15/07/2023

Ingredients Required For Chilli Garlic Pasta

Pasta – use any shape or type. Boil the pasta in enough water according to instructions on the package.

Salt – need salt to add to the boiling water for pasta. Also need a bit more to add to the final preparation. Use any salt of your preference.

Black Pepper Powder – fine or coarse. Add according to your taste.

Green Chillis – add according to your taste. Slice them into thin rings or chop finely.

Garlic – peel and slice the garlic.

Water – enough water to boil the pasta.

Olive Oil – use good quality olive oil.

Dried Herbs – any of your choice. I like to use parsley for this one or mixed Italian herbs.





Chilli Garlic Pasta is an easy, quick and flavourful pasta dish that comes together within 10-12 minutes. While the pasta is boiling, get the green chilli, garlic and olive oil base ready.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine fusion
Servings 2


  • cups pasta any type
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 - 4 green chillis
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 - 8 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarse pepper powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley or any other herb


  • Boil about 4 cups of water in a deep saucepan. When it begins to boil add the pasta and salt.
  • Cook the pasta till just done (al dente). Usually the cooking time is indicated on the packet. Don't forget to stir it occasionally otherwise the pasta may stick to the bottom.
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop the chillis into rings. Peel and slice the garlic.
  • Take a wide pan and heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • When it is slightly hot, add the chillis and garlic. Stir fry till the garlic begins to turn light pink.
  • When the pasta is done, drain it out into a colander.
  • Add the pasta, dried parsley, pepper and salt. Mix well and let it become a bit hot. Make sure you keep on mixing it to avoid the pasta from getting burnt.
  • Serve immediately.


  • If you love chillis, add more.
  • Add more olive oil if you want to.
  • Add sweet corn, olives if you like.
  • If you are packing it for lunch or as travel food, add a bit more oil so that the pasta does not taste dry.
Keyword chilli garlic pasta, easy chilli pasta, garlicky pasta

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  • Glan Deas

    May 6, 2013 at 7:49 am

    So nice recipe. Its make me crazy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Glan Deas
    Kopi Luwak

  • Azlin

    July 20, 2023 at 8:58 am

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious and brings back so many memories! It was my staple my early days in London, as a young, single girl. Quick, easy and so economical! A great share, Mayuri!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 20, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much Azlin. For me it is my go to recipe for lazy days.

  • Renu

    July 26, 2023 at 9:04 am

    5 stars
    Quick and easy recipe with pasta. You gave me an Idea as many a times I cook food for me only when the family eats non-veg. Lovely clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 26, 2023 at 11:51 am

      Thank you so much Renu, yes it is perfect as a quick but filling meal.

  • Kalyani

    July 27, 2023 at 7:48 am

    5 stars
    Fridays are usually pasta days for the kids, bookmarking this flavourful quick chilli garlic version to make for them, along with some sauteed veggies ! fabulous !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Kalyani. Am sure they love the chilli garlic flavour.A lovely idea to serve it with sauteed veggies.

  • Seema Sriram

    July 29, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    This was the best, said my family this week. We had bean salad to go with it and it was a lovely meal together. Thank you.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2023 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Am so happy your family loved this simple pasta dish. A nutritious meal with the bean salad.

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