This quick & easy vegan garlic chili oil pasta is my take on the viral chili oil noodles. This recipe features perfectly cooked spaghetti tossed in an incredibly flavorful sun-dried tomato chili garlic oil and topped with candied smoky pecans. An easy weeknight dinner that can be prepared in just minutes! Gluten-free & nut-free option included!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chili garlic pasta
Author: Vegan Richa
For the pasta
8ouncespaghetti or linguini cooked to preferencecooked according to instruction on the package
For the chili garlic topping
1teaspoondried onion flakes
½teaspoonred pepper flakesless or more to preference
2tablespoonschopped sundried tomatoes, you can use dried or oil packed. If using oil packed, dab the excess oil off the sundried tomatoes so that they are easier to chop
Make your spaghetti or linguini according to the instructions on the package in well salted water. Then drain and rinse with cold water and set aside
Make the chili garlic oil topping:. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add in the garlic and stir for a few seconds then add the rest of the ingredients and stir in and take off heat.
Once the garlic is starting to turn golden, add in the pasta water carefully and mix in.
Add this mixture to your pasta and toss well. I usually put the pasta in the serving bowls and then pour some of this chili garlic toping all over and then let people either toss it themselves or leave it as is so that there’s more concentrated flavor over the noodles.
Make the bacony pecans: To a small skillet over medium heat add the pecans then cook until the pecans are starting to smell slightly roasted. 2-4 mins
Add the rest of the ingredients and toss really well. (Add a few drops of liquid smoke for extra smoky ness, optional). Keep stirring until the mixture starts to thicken a little then take off heat. 1-3 minutes
This mixture will continue to thicken and kind of candy the pecans a little bit. Once the mixture is warm to touch, sprinkle these pecans into pasta and serve. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and flakes sea salt.
Storage: store cooked pasta, chili garlic oil and pecans separately. Heat the pasta and chili oil separately and toss and serve garnished with the pecans and fresh herbs
For garnish some fresh herbs like parsley or basil, chopped and some flaked sea salt.To make this into a hearty meal, add in some thinly sliced veggies or cooked beans or edamame.To make this nut free, you can use some tofu instead of the pecans . Toss all ingredients into crumbled tofu. instead of pan frying it, bake the tofu crumbles until they are crispy and use that as a topping.To make this gluten free, use gluten free pasta.Soyfree: use coconut aminos