Asparagus and Shrimp Aglio E Olio [Recipe]

The Aglio E Olio, a humble dish which originated from Neopolitan cuisine, has captured the stomachs of many across the world because of it’s simplicity. With just 3 simple basic ingredients, this savoury dish is sure to fill you up even if you are lacking ingredients in the fridge or just looking for a quick late night meal 😉

A basic Aglio E Olio mainly uses garlic, olive oil and peperoncino. According to records, Peperoncino is a type of spicy chilli introduced to the Europeans by Christopher Columbus. There is currently 85 varieties of this spice and they vary depending on their sweetness level. When cooked, the Peperoncino releases capsaicin, a chemical responsible for the heat in Aglio E Olio. This is important because the heat will balance with the garlic, with neither one overpowering the other when correct quantities are used.

According to scientific research, there are multiple health benefits of using these fresh ingredients too:

Garlic: Anti-oxidant (slows down the aging process), reduces blood pressure and is an anti-inflammatory agent.
Olive Oil: Unsaturated fats which are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and may even alleviate constipation troubles
Peperoncino: Aids in digestion and vasodilation

In addition to these 3 ingredients, spinach, guanciale and even white button mushrooms would further complement this dish.

For this recipe, asparagus and shrimp has been added to provide the extra crunch and sweetness in the pasta 😀 The ingredients have also been sliced into small chunks so that guests can eat it easily with the noodles. Serve this dish for a cozy weekend brunch or dinner with your loved ones!

Yields 2 Servings

Asparagus and Shrimp Aglio E Olio

20 min

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30 minTotal Time

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  • Prawns - 8 pieces
  • Asparagus - 4 stalks
  • Peperoncino / small red chilli - 1 stalk
  • Shallots - 2 cloves
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Olive oil - 50g
  • Pasta - 160g Click here for easy fresh pasta recipe
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning


  1. Dice the shallots thinly. Dice the peperoncino / small red chilli. Chop the garlic coarsely. Combine all with the olive oil and set to one side.
  2. Prepare the asparagus. To remove the woody ends, bend the ends of the asparagus spears until it snaps. Rinse and cut into bite sized pieces.
  3. Prepare the prawns. Deshell and de-vein the prawns. Rinse and cut into bite sized pieces.
  4. Boil a large pot of water. Season generously with salt as this will help to season the pasta.
  5. Heat a large frying pan and pour in the olive oil mixture. Stir continuously until the fragrance of the garlic and shallots is out. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  6. Toss in the prawns and pan fry over low fire.
  7. Blanch the pasta and asparagus in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes. Drain well.
  8. Add the pasta, asparagus and 2/3 cup pasta water into the pan.
  9. Season with salt and black pepper.
  10. Stir continuously until pasta and sauce becomes one.
  11. Pasta is ready to be served.


1) A convenient hack would be to refrigerate the olive oil mixture in a glass bottle. In this way, you can make aglio olio anytime and the infused oil would be more fragrant. 2) Cutting the prawns and asparagus into bite-sized pieces makes it easier to eat with the pasta in one mouthful. 3) As a rule of thumb, seafood dishes do not go well with cheese. Hence, it would be sacrilegious to pair this dish with cheese! 4) Share your masterpiece by tagging @theitalianflair on Instagram!


Main Course
dairy free
soy free
peanut free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



783 cal


52 g


66 g


21 g
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ROAST cafe @ EmQuartier, Bangkok, Thailand [Food Finds]

Thailand, a country filled with it’s very own food culture is creating some fantastic Thai-Italian dishes these days. During my short trip in the hot bustling city of Bangkok, I stumbled upon ROAST cafe in EmQuartier shopping mall. 

What started out as a hideout from the intense afternoon heat brought so much pleasure from the quality food which ROAST offers instead. This casual eatery focuses on producing good food using fresh ingredients and if possible, would make the ingredients from scratch in their own kitchen. Hence, it was a pleasant surprise to know that they make their own pasta noodles 😀 

I ordered the bacon and garlic spaghetti which was basically a bacon aglio olio with a Thai twist. Apart from sauteeing the diced garlic with olive oil, the dish is generously garnished with fried garlic slices as well. This definitely added some garlicky punch to the dish which suits the Asian palate but I felt that it was abit too much for my liking.

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Bacon & Garlic Spaghetti | 240 Baht

However, what really made this dish stand out is the use of Thai whole dried chili instead of fresh chili pepper (often used in Singapore). This resulted in a consistent subtle heat in the dish as compared to the sharp spiciness which can happen if the quantity of fresh chili is not controlled well. 

Coincidentally, in Southern Italy, peperoncino aka dried red peppers are used in their dishes and soups to add flavor and spiciness. Unlike in Asia, the Italians would hang the fresh red peppers up to dry first before adding them in dishes. This drying process is important because fresh red chili is made up of 85% water and resin (chili oil which tastes spicy) will attach itself on the water molecules. By drying it, the chili oil will not disperse as much when sliced and you can control the heat of the dish better. 

Talk about the dedication of the team to ensure that you can enjoy a good plate of pasta using the freshest and close to authentic ingredients when developing their recipes. Be sure to try their homemade Vongole squid ink (using squid ink fettuccine) and Truffle Alfredo (homemade tagliatelle noodles) as well!

In line with this mission to serve quality dishes, they have also revamped the way iced coffee latte was served. To prevent the dilution of the coffee, the team has reverse engineered the process to serve espresso ice cubes with a bottle of cold milk. 

coffee latte
Iced Espresso Latte | 120 Baht

Not only can you enjoy a full robust iced latte, you are also able to control how intense you want your latte to be! 😉

It was definitely a pleasurable experience for the tummy at ROAST and kudos to the team for serving such brilliant fresh dishes. It’s no wonder the place was super packed so if you are going in big groups, be sure to head down early and beat the crowd!

ROAST Cafe (EmQuartier branch, Bangkok, Thailand)
Address: 1st floor, The Helix Quartier, EmQuartier
                 BTS Phrom Phong Station
Tel No.: +66 (0) 9417 63870
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun – 10AM to 10PM