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Pasta Aglio e Olio with Eggs Sunny Side Up!

Something delicious this way comes! This surprisingly easy pasta has many layers of flavor. Roasted garlic and olive oil combined with fresh garlic and olive oil, parsley, red pepper flakes and sea salt in just the right combination make this pasta a truly special main dish or extraordinary side dish. And it only takes minutes to prepare! Serving with eggs is optional.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy pasta recipe, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Linda Spiker



  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguine
  • Sea salt. to taste
  • 6 Tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil, separated
  • 8 large cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley, more for garnish if desired
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese optional, I only use it if I am not topping with eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons pasta water
  • Fried Eggs cooked sunny side up if desired


  1. Set a large pot of water to boil and prepare all ingredients.
  2. Begin cooking pasta to package instructions.
  3. Place a large cast iron skillet on cook top and heat 3 tablespoons olive oil on medium/low heat.
  4. Add ¾ of your garlic (saving the rest for later) and a pinch of sea salt to oil.
  5. Cook on medium/low heat until garlic is simmering, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low. Continue to stir frequently till garlic is frothy and straw colored. This will take about 6 minutes.
  6. Be patient and don’t forget to stir cooking pasta while waiting.
  7. When garlic is frothy and straw colored, immediately turn off heat, add 3T parsley, remaining garlic, red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons pasta water and juice of half a lemon to pan, stir.
  8. When pasta is al dente, strain in a colander, do not rinse.
  9. Add pasta to skillet with oil and herbs. Toss, scraping down side of pan with silicone spatula to evenly distribute herbs throughout pasta.
  10. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with a few pinches of sea salt.
  11. Toss. Add Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve as is or top with sunny side up eggs and garnish with additional parsley.

To make eggs:

  1. Start eggs about four minutes before pasta is done cooking.
  2. Place frying pan on high heat.
  3. Crack desired amount of eggs into a bowl. Try not to break yolks.
  4. Allow pan to get hot. Add 2 Tablespoons butter to pan, allow to melt.
  5. When butter is melted gently pour eggs into pan and turn heat down to low.
  6. Place lid on pan (I like a glass lid so I can see eggs cook)
  7. Cook till whites are done and yolks are runny (about 3 minutes). Season with sea salt and pepper.
  8. Remove from pan and place on pasta.