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Mushroom spaghetti garnished with parmesan cheese and served in a white bowl.

15 minutes Mushroom Spaghetti Aglio Olio

An easy, 15 minute recipe where the traditional Spaghetti Aglio Olio is dressed up with sautéed Mushrooms. Perfect for meatless weeknights and a hit with the kids!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 351kcal
Author Richa


  • 250 grams Spaghetti
  • cup Olive oil divided
  • 200 grams Button Mushrooms cleaned and cut in half
  • 100 grams Oyster Mushrooms
  • 7-8 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli Flakes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped Parsley
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons Parmesan grated
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil spaghetti in salted water as per package instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water before you drain the pasta.
  • While the spaghetti is boiling, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add mushrooms. Saute on medium high heat for a few minutes till golden brown on all sides.
  • In the same pan, add the remaining olive oil and garlic. On a low heat, cook the garlic for a few minutes till a light golden brown. Add chilli flakes and the reserved pasta water, half teaspoon salt and let this cook and reduce till the sauce emulsifies (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the cooked spaghetti, mushrooms, parsley and toss well till the sauce coats the pasta. Top with grated parmesan and serve



  1. Always add the pasta to boiling water. Never add pasta to warm or room temperature water. Time it and cook it till al dente. 
  2. Reserve some of the pasta water as the starch present in this will help thicken the sauce.
  3. Cook mushroom on medium high heat instead of low heat. Slow cooking tends to make the mushroom limp and leave out water. Do not overcook. 
  4. Time it so that the spaghetti gets cooked just about the same time the sautéed mushroom aglio olio is ready. This way the spaghetti won't harden and the mushrooms won't leave out water. 
  5. Feel free to swap the mushrooms for something else like bacon (see bacon aglio olio) or shrimp (see shrimp aglio olio)


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg