In a medium pot that has a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. (Note: do not use the lid yet, this will come later on.)
Add garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.
Add the rice, a pinch of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high.
Once boiling cover the pot with lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 12-14 minutes or until the water had been absorbed and the ride is tender. (Note: do not lift the lid before 12 minutes or stir the rice at any time)
Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.