Pasta with Olive Oil, Garlic and Mushrooms

This simple dish of pasta with olive oil, garlic and mushrooms makes me very happy. It’s healthy, pretty and ready before anyone can ask, “What’s for dinner?”

Pasta with Olive Oil, Garlic and Mushrooms

What’s not to like? I used whole wheat noodles which put me in a healthy frame of mind. The pasta is bathed in olive oil and sauteed garlic. And, there’s a whole pound of mushrooms…enough to have one with every bite. Fresh basil and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese finish the dish. Even though it only takes about 20 minutes to make, start to finish, dinner takes on a special, out-to-dinner feel. We eat a little slower and talk a little longer. The pace slows down and life is good.

Pasta with Olive Oil, Garlic and Mushrooms

Everyone at my house would agree with that assessment. Yet, each family member would put their own little spin on my version of the perfect pasta, known as Spaghetti Aglio e Olio in Italy.

My hubby needs a little meat. So, he might add a meatball or two…or three. (By the way, the Sundried Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Gourmet Meatloaf recipe makes awesome meatballs.)

My sweet darling who is allergic to dairy would sprinkle a vegan substitute over the top or she might skip “cheese” altogether. Instead, she might add some diced chicken sausage or some other meat to boost the protein.

My other darling daughter could do without the “green stuff”…and would probably heap on a whole lot more Parmesan than what you see here. I can’t blame her. Fresh shaved Parmesan cheese is de-lovely!

I get any extra mushrooms. 🙂

Everyone enjoys a little bread on the side.

And, there are plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day!

Pasta with Olive Oil, Garlic and Mushrooms

Since I’m the chef around here and I love mushrooms, I added a heaping amount of baby bella and white mushrooms when I was sauteeing the garlic. But, you could certainly go an entirely different direction with this…Zucchini? Asparagus? Spinach? Tomatoes?  What’s your pleasure?

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Pasta with Olive Oil, Garlic and Mushrooms
This simple dish of pasta with olive oil, garlic and mushrooms will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. But, you'll want to savor every bite.
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti (preferably whole wheat)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8-10 large basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated (preferably fresh)
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, reserving a quarter cup of the pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  3. Add garlic, mushrooms and salt and saute for about 5-7 minutes. The mushrooms should be soft and the garlic golden.
  4. Add the reserved pasta water to the pan and stir to incorporate.
  5. Add drained spaghetti noodles to the skillet and stir to coat with olive oil mixture.
  6. Top with basil leaves and Parmesan cheese,

Pasta oglio olio with mushrooms






  1. How simple and delicious looking dish 🙂

  2. I love the flavours that went into this quick and easy dinner dish. Mushrooms bring an earthiness to the pasta that always seems to compliment it so well. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be making this soon!


  3. Wow – I love this dish! Simple but wonderful flavors!

  4. I love the simplicity of this dish. It really lets those amazing flavors of garlic, mushroom, and basil shine. And I’d take any extra mushrooms too!

  5. I love the simple ingredients that Italian food can elevate to something special–and this is definitely one of those instances. The salty cheese, the great texture of the mushrooms, and the chewiness of an al dente pasta are all hard to beat. Looks delicious!

  6. pass me a big bowl and lots of cheese! this looks amazing

  7. I love simple pasta dishes like this, especially ones that have mushrooms. I’d definitely take the extra mushrooms too!

  8. Sometimes all pasta need is to be cooked in some nicely salted water and little extra sauteed goodness to be perfetto!