Spaghetti alla Carrettiera


Spaghetti alla Carrettiera recipe is  the Sicily’s version of the classic Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino dish-mainly because almost all the ingredients are identical, but it has a few twists that make it stand apart and the way it is prepared might just surprise you.

What is most interesting is that the “sauce” accompanying this pasta made with extra virgin olive oil, chili pepper and garlic is used as more of a dressing on the hot pasta that has been freshly cooked, so it is tossed through raw and then served up with a sprinkling of grated toasted breadcrumbs.

The addition of grated Pecorino cheese also can’t be missed. Obviously.

Watch the Spaghetti alla Carrettiera video recipe:


The Easiest Spaghetti Recipe My Family Asks Me To Cook Every Week! SPAGHETTI ALLA CARRETTIERA

Spaghetti alla Carrettiera Vincenzo’s Plate Tips

Make It Dairy-Free

One of the best things about preparing fresh breadcrumbs is that they can replace your pecorino romano cheese. So, if you want to make a dairy-free version of this dish, grate some bread and then toast it in the oven. This was the alternative to putting cheese on pasta back in the day as it could get expensive. The breadcrumb substitute made up a big part of cucina povera and is still heavily used in Sicily in particular – so make extra! You make like it so much you’ll want to add it to other dishes too.

Add Even More Spice

For spice lovers, using the seeds of the chili peppers can take your heat level up a notch. Since the seeds are the spiciest part add a few extra to make your dish even hotter.

Create An Extra Creamy Sauce

The secret to making your sauce extra creamy is by emulsifying your ingredients. That means strongly stirring them together until the sauce’s texture is thick and creamy. To make the texture even richer, try stirring in some extra pecorino romano.

Save Your Pasta Water

Pasta water is the secret ingredient that can take your spaghetti alla carrittera to new heights. While you mix your sauce and pasta, add a splash of reserved pasta water every few minutes, making your finished dish even creamier than before.

Don’t Forget The Extra Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil isn’t just a great cooking staple; it can also be used to make your pasta even more flavorful. Before serving, be sure to add a drizzle of your olive oil on top to for maximum flavor.

How to make Spaghetti alla Carrettiera

How To Serve Spaghetti alla Carrettiera

Spaghetti alla Carrettiera is simple to make but packed with bold flavors. To serve the spaghetti, all you need to do is scoop a good-sized portion of the pasta, mixed with sauce, onto a plate. Next, top it off with crispy breadcrumbs, freshly chopped parsley, and a splash of extra virgin olive oil for good measure.

Spaghetti alla Carrettiera recipe

Spaghetti alla Carrettiera

Spaghetti alla Carrettiera Recipe

If you love aglio e olio, Spaghetti alla Carrettiera is a must-try. In this Sicilian recipe, we'll use simple ingredients such as garlic, chili pepper and oil to create bold flavors in just minutes. The most unique part about this dish is the fact the sauce is kept raw and tossed in – don’t just be intrigued, try it for yourself and make sure you have enough for a second helping!
5 from 2 votes


  • Small food processor or blender
  • Frying pan
  • wooden spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • large pot
  • Medium bowl
  • Mug
  • 2 Forks
  • Tongs


  • 300 g Spaghetti quadrato/Chittara 11oz
  • Small bunch Fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 - 4 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 Hot chili peppers
  • 6 - 7 tsp Pecorino romano grated
  • 2-3 slices Stale bread
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO


How to Make the Breadcrumbs

  • Break up your slices of bread into small pieces so they fit easily into your food processor or blender.
  • Blend the bread for a few minutes until you’re left with fine breadcrumbs – just not too fine!
  • Put the frypan on a stove and turn the heat to medium before adding the breadcrumbs with a few drizzles of EVOO.
  • With a wooden spoon, toss the breadcrumbs for a few minutes until they become brown and crispy then remove from the stove and put aside.

How to make the Pasta

  • Slice your chili peppers into thin strips and remove all or part of the seeds depending on your spice preference.
  • These can be left long or chopped into smaller pieces.
  • Add 5L water to a large pot and put this on the stove. Once it boils add add a tbsp of salt and allow to dissolve.
  • Add the spaghetti, making sure they are immersed in the water cook according to the time listed on your packet.
  • While the pasta is cooking, add 7-8 tbsp EVOO to a bowl along with the chili and garlic.
  • Stir in your sliced chili peppers and 3 - 4 cloves of chopped garlic.
  • Add in a generous pinch of parsley then vigorously stir together until well combined and creamy in texture.
  • To make your sauce even creamier, stir in a sprinkle of pecorino romano cheese too.
  • When your pasta is almost ready, collect a mug full of pasta water and leave to the side.
  • Use tongs to strain the pasta and transfer it directly into the sauce then toss using two forks until it’s completely covered.
  • Add a splash of pasta water a generous amount of pecorino cheese and fresh parsley, then continue to combine.
  • Finally, add a large drizzle of EVOO and toss a few more times.

How To Serve

  • Place a hearty amount of creamy pasta on individual flat plates or in shallow dinner bowls then sprinkle breadcrumbs generously on top.
  • Finish each dish off with a drizzle of EVOO and a handful of fresh parsley.


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E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!

Spaghetti alla Carrettiera Vincenzo's Plate

As I said before, this dish is like the fusion of two super popular recipes in Italy, which in my opinion are worth trying, because just like these Spaghetti alla Carrettiera, they are two recipes that are super simple and delicious at the same time:

How to make Spaghetti aglio e olio

How to make Cacio e Pepe

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4 Responses to Spaghetti alla Carrettiera

  1. Flavius September 24, 2023 at 10:31 PM #

    5 stars
    It’s amazing this recipe! Very easy to make and very tasty!

    • Vincenzo's Plate October 2, 2023 at 7:40 PM #

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the spaghetti alla carrettiera recipe. It’s indeed a simple yet delicious dish that’s always a crowd-pleaser.

  2. Shiva April 14, 2024 at 9:31 PM #

    5 stars
    Oke so i am NOT a huge pasta fan, but i have an Italian man. I tried this recipe last week and it was amazing! I must admit i replaced the pecorino with Grana padano because the Italian man is Venetian and that was the only cheese in the fridge… Sorry for that. But still. Very very nice. Even i liked it a lot. Have tried many of your other recipes and the Italian (Venetian) family in law is very impressed. I am not Italian but Dutch/Indonesian and Italian food is out of my comfort zone but the trick for good European food is fresh ingredients and the way you prepare the food. No hiding behind complex mixtures of spices like i do with Indonesian and other types of Asian food

    Grazie Vincenzo, you are a life changer! Also on behalf of a very happy Venetian man

    • Vincenzo's Plate April 15, 2024 at 9:49 AM #

      Wow, your message made my day! I’m so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the recipe, even with your cheese substitution. It’s fantastic that you’re exploring Italian cuisine, even though it’s not in your comfort zone. Using fresh ingredients when cooking is a game changer, right? Grazie mille, and please send my regards to your happy Venetian man!

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