Midnight Spaghetti

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Recipe: #33675

November 07, 2019

"Looking for a quick simple vegetarian pasta recipe and this ticked all the boxes. Delicious pasta!"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (173.8 g)
  • Calories 672.5
  • Total Fat - 24.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.8 mg
  • Sodium - 217.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 88.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.1 g
  • Sugars - 3.4 g
  • Protein - 23.2 g
  • Calcium - 301.3 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package and set aside 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pasta.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold the pasta, such as a 12-inch saute pan or a large, shallow pot.

Step 3

Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until it just begins to turn golden on the edges-don't overcook it and then add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more.

Step 4

Carefully add the reserved pasta-cooking water to the garlic and oil and bring to a boil and then lower the heat, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about a third.

Step 5

Add the drained pasta to the garlic sauce and toss and then off the heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well and allow the pasta to rest off the heat for 5 minutes for the sauce to be absorbed.

Step 6

Taste for seasoning and serve warm with extra Parmesan on the side.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting olive oil, make sure to choose a good quality oil for the best flavor.
  • For the Parmesan cheese, make sure to use freshly grated cheese for the best flavor and texture.

  • For the olive oil, substitute coconut oil. Coconut oil is a healthier choice as it is rich in healthy fats and antioxidants. It also has a milder flavor than olive oil, so it won't overpower the other flavors in the dish.
  • For the Parmesan cheese, substitute nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a great vegan alternative to Parmesan cheese, and it also adds a nutty, cheesy flavor to the dish. It is also a source of B vitamins, which makes it a great addition to a vegetarian dish.

Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, add 1/2 pound of sliced mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes until they are lightly browned. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for another 5 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan and toss to combine. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon: This delicious side dish is the perfect accompaniment to Midnight Spaghetti. Roasting the asparagus brings out its natural sweetness and the lemon adds a light, refreshing zing. Plus, it's quick and easy to make, so you can enjoy your Midnight Spaghetti with minimal effort!

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes: These potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish to serve with Midnight Spaghetti. Roasted in garlic and parmesan, they are full of flavor and add a lovely crunchy texture. Plus, they are simple to make and will complement the asparagus and spaghetti perfectly.


Q: How much salt should I add to the pasta?

A: Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the boiling water before adding the pasta. Additionally, add 1 teaspoon of salt to the garlic and oil before simmering.

Q: How much water should I use when boiling pasta?

A: For every 8 ounces of pasta, use 4 quarts of water. Make sure the water is boiling before adding the pasta.

2 Reviews


Super quick & easy! Very tasty!


review by:
(19 Sep 2021)


This is super easy to make and was close enough to fettucine alfredo that it was an easy sell to the kiddos. The Parmesan cheese melts right into the garlic sauce and makes the noodles creamy and yummy. I made as directed, using thin spaghetti noodles.


review by:
(15 Feb 2021)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Midnight Spaghetti is a popular Italian dish believed to have been created by the famous Italian chef, Gennaro Contaldo. He is best known for his work with Jamie Oliver and for teaching him the basics of Italian cooking.

Fun Fact 2: Midnight Spaghetti is often served during midnight celebrations in Italy, such as New Year's Eve, as a way to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.