Three Quid Spaghetti

Three Quid Spaghetti

The quickest, cheapest, most delicious pasta recipe there is.


More parsley the better. The pasta water is the key ingredient here.

Cooking Time (Includes Preparation Time): 12 Minutes

Feeds: 4 People


  • 150g of Fresh Parsley - £1.35

  • 500g of Spaghetti - £0.50

  • Chilli Flakes - £0.85

  • 3 Garlic Cloves - £0.30

  • Total Cost - £3.00

  • Olive Oil


  1. Boil a pan of water, salt it generously and then add your spaghetti.

  2. Finely slice 3 cloves of garlic and your parsley (separating stalks and leaves).

  3. Add garlic, 2 teaspoons of chilli flakes and the parsley stalks to a frying pan with 4 tablespoons of olive oil.

  4. Once the pasta is al dente, reserve 7-8 tablespoons of the starchy pasta water, drain the pasta, and then add it to the frying pan with the garlic and parsley. Start tossing it all together, gradually adding splashes of pasta water and the chopped parsley leaves.

  5. Once everything is mixed in and the pasta is thick and almost creamy (from the pasta water), remove from heat. Serve it up with extra chopped parsley leaves on top as a garnish. Enjoy!