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Garlic Basil Pasta

This easy garlic basil pasta is a tasty dish you can make in 10 minutes. Roasted garlic and fresh basil give the spaghetti a simple, but amazing flavor.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, garlic, olive oil, pasta, red pepper flakes
Servings: 4
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 200 g pasta
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil


  • Add the pasta to a pot of boiling water, and cook as instructed on the package. This typically takes 3-10 minutes, depending on which type of pasta you use.
  • Meanwhile, slice or roughly chop garlic and basil. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, and add the garlic along with red pepper flakes. Saute for a minute or two, or until the garlic is golden.
  • Drain the excess water off the pasta, then toss it with the garlic, pepper flakes and fresh basil. Add some extra olive oil if you wish, and serve.


Is garlic basil pasta healthy? – This dish can definitely be enjoyed as a part of a healthy diet.
Is this recipe allergy friendly? – You should always check the nutrition labels of the ingredients you use, but this recipe is generally dairy free, egg free, soy free, and nut free.
Can I add other ingredients? – Absolutely! Feel free to add more herbs, spices or vegetables to create a more hearthy pasta dish.
Can I use dried basil? – I think the result is better if you use fresh basil, but you can definitely try using dried herbs too.


Leftover garlic basil pasta can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat the leftovers in a microwave, or serve them cold if you wish.
As this dish stores well, pasta with basil and garlic is an excellent meal prep option. Prepare a big batch, and serve it with multiple meals through the week!

Top tips

Here’s my best tips to get this recipe perfect:
  • Cook the pasta al dente. It should be soft, but still have some chew to it. Taste a noodle to check that it’s done right!
  • Use fresh garlic and basil for the best results. They carry a lot of tasty flavor, and is way better than using dried herbs.
  • For a more wholesome dish, you can use whole grain pasta, or pasta made from beans or chickpeas.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg