Spicy Garlic Bucatini Pasta

A grey bowl with bucatini pasta

This simple bucatini pasta recipe is a spicy riff on aglio e olio. It’s easy to make and is best served with lots of Parmesan cheese.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 box bucatini (1lb box)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


Cook the bucatini. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Make the spicy olive oil sauce. Warm the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes. Add the black pepper and chili flakes, then give everything a quick stir.

Add the pasta. Turn off the heat and add the pasta to the olive oil. Toss the noodles with tongs to coat in the spicy oil.

Toss with cheese. Add the parmesan cheese and toss the noodles again with your tongs.

Serve. Spoon into a giant bowl (or two, if you are sharing) and then top with more chili flakes, black pepper and cheese to taste.

Keywords: bucatini pasta recipe, garlic pasta, garlic parmesan pasta, spicy pasta