Pasta Aglio e Olio | La Famiglia & Grandma’s Recipes

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Aglio e Olio Recipe - A delicious, traditional Italian dish that is easy to make and packed with flavor. #recipe #PompeianVarietals #ad

I think we all have at least one family tradition that we celebrate and many times food marks some fond memories for us.  Whether it’s an annual traditional meal or just a reminder of someone we love.

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A few years ago my Husband’s Grandma Cetta {pronounced “Chetta”} passed away.  To honor her I made the Hubs a cookbook with some of her special recipes, many of them in her own handwriting using scanned images of her recipes and other photos, and I surprised him with it for Christmas.

One of those recipes is Aglio e Olio which is translated as “garlic and oil”.  I haven’t shared any of these recipes with you all yet and when Pompeian reached out I thought this might be a good time to share this one because, after all, it’s all about the olive oil in this case.  It was actually my Husband’s idea to make it for this post.

Aglio e Olio Recipe - A delicious, traditional Italian dish that is easy to make and packed with flavor. #recipe #PompeianVarietals #ad

There is so much love in all of these dishes and Aglio e Olio is a very basic, but extremely flavorful, Italian staple.  Using a great olive oil is really important, especially in this dish.  We used Picholine, one of the varieties in the new Pompeian Varietals Collection and it was delicious.

The Picholine is a “medium-bodied extra virgin olive oil with a green fruitiness, hints of herbs and a pleasing balance of bitterness”, and it pairs perfectly with the garlic and herbs in this Aglio e Olio.

Aglio e Olio Recipe - A delicious, traditional Italian dish that is easy to make and packed with flavor. #recipe #PompeianVarietals #ad

If you have never tried this dish, I urge you to NOT be put off by the anchovies.  They break down almost completely and just add such an amazing depth of flavor.  You have to at least try it!  The dish is full of so many robust flavors from the garlic and seasoning and it really is delightful.  The Husband prefers linguine, by the way.  I wanted angel hair pasta for this one.  I won.  ;)

We are truly looking forward to cooking and trying new recipes with the other two Pompeian Varietals as well which include:

  • Arbequina – a mild-bodied extra virgin olive oil with a round taste of mature fruitiness and a delicate sweetness of almonds, ideal for fish and vegetables.
  • Koroneiki – a full-bodied extra virgin olive oil with robust fruitiness and a sensation of fresh cut grass leading to a peppery finish, perfect for soups and salads.

The Pompeian Varietals are extremely affordable too, and here is something that I think is just so cool.  You can actually visit the Pompeian website and track your bottle from olive “tree to table”.

Aglio e Olio Recipe - A delicious, traditional Italian dish that is easy to make and packed with flavor. #recipe #PompeianVarietals

I know I may be a big food geek, but I LOVE that you can learn about each bottle’s special journey and about the unique harvesting process and origin of each olive.  So cool!  Makes me want to go back to Italy right away.

Aglio e Olio Recipe - A delicious, traditional Italian dish that is easy to make and packed with flavor. #recipe #PompeianVarietals #ad

I hope you will try this special Aglio e Olio recipe – it is so dear to our hearts, and I would also love to hear about a special family recipe from you as well.  We always love trying new dishes so please tell me all about it in the comments below.  Buon appetito, my friends!!

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  1. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious!

  2. I’ve made Aglio e Olio a few times before and absolutely LOVE it! Although, I’ve never used anchovies because no one in my family would eat them! haha.

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  3. This looks delish! That’s so COOL about tracking the bottle! Now I just want to play!

  4. What an interesting post. We have a new store in our town, where is just for tasting different olive oils. I am looking forward to going there. There really is a difference. I haven’t liked anchovies until recently, when I made the discovery it makes a big bloody difference which ones you use. It was an Oh
    Duh moment. Angel hair pasta is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing a family recipe.

    • Thanks Carol! I love tasting different varieties of olive oils – how fun that you have a shop locally that will be hosting that!

  5. Oh, this looks delicious, Claire! :) And that cookbook you made for your husband is so sweet! I was thrilled over the summer when I received a cookbook of Italian family recipes that a member of my dad’s family had put together. I didn’t get to know many members of my dad’s family very well as most of them passed when I was very little, so it was really special to me to get these recipes.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe with us all!

    • Aw, that is so awesome you received that cookbook, Carrie! That is so special indeed. I hope you get a chance to try this one and would also love to see one of your family recipes from that cookbook too. :)

  6. Claire this so sweet. What a thoughtful gift you made for you husband. This pasta looks so delicious :)

  7. Claire, what an awesome idea – so special! This recipe sounds fantastic! I don’t know about the anchovies though – but I know John would love them! Pinned to 2 big Italian boards – Mangia!

    • Noooo, you have to try it. lol They break down and get all mixed in and it’s hard to explain but it really is delicious! Thanks so much for pinning, Deb!! xo

  8. Sounds delicious Claire, I so want to go to Italy one day :)

  9. Yes, you have to go Emily! You will love it!! :)

  10. Delicious! I love that you made a cookbook and that this is one of the recipes! I really want to try this and promise not to be afraid of the anchovies!

  11. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Delicious – we have a similar family recipe! Truly, the anchovies do break down and you almost wouldn’t know they’re there!

  12. Love the old family pics, Claire. And the Pompeian olive oil. That’s good stuff. Pinned!

  13. I love the old pics and Venice pic, so fun! I’m always up for a delicious pasta dish. Great post, Claire!

  14. This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it, pinning this!

  15. Looks delish. My dad loves any kind of pasta with olive oil. It’s his favorite. Will have to share with him.

  16. Holy yum! We love us some pasta and can’t wait to try this! Pinned!

  17. This looks delicious! Love the old pics and story behind this!

  18. This looks amazing, and I love the back story about the recipe! <3

  19. This recipe reminds me of the way my husband’s mom cooks. She I from Calabria and an amazing cook. Thank you for sharing, beautiful post.

  20. Ohhh this pasta dish looks sooo good! Pinning!!

  21. Really enjoyed the dish. When does the meals on wheels wagon arrrive again. This was Mr.. Mac’s favoritr Italian dish.

  22. This looks amazing Claire! Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful pictures and this incredible family recipe. I love the story behind this special dish too – it sounds incredible – pinned :)

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