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As the positioning ages, Iโ€™m making an attempt to undergo and replace/retest among the recipes I imagine ought to have some endurance. These are the recipes Iโ€™ve love. This olive pesto pasta took place as a fluke, a dinner desperation. Ever since then, this pasta has change into a staple, primarily for a way straightforward and fast it comes collectively!

The Olives

In relation to olives, Iโ€™m shopping for a small container from the olive bar on a weekly foundation. We use olives on pizza, in salads, as a snack, and in pasta dishes, like this olive pesto pasta. Itโ€™s a stunning, salty recipe for this time of 12 months.

As you possibly can see within the recipe, I sometimes attain for kalamata however inexperienced/black ones would work simply as properly. Use what you would possibly have already got readily available (or is the best for you pick-up!)

The Pesto

Iโ€™m utilizing the concept of โ€˜pestoโ€™ right here a bit loosely. Itโ€™s as if my base tapenade recipe combined with a pesto and created this pleasant unfold. This recipe makes fairly a bit so be ready to make use of it in just a few other ways. Use it as a diffusion on sandwiches, prime a little bit of hummus, or add it to a morning omelette.

Pasta for Days

Iโ€™m not normally explicit concerning the form of pasta however relating to this olive pesto pasta, I find it irresistible with lengthy, thick noodles. Fettuccine or one thing comparable works splendidly. The olive pesto, with the assistance of only a splash of pasta water, clings to the noodles. After all, you need to use what you have already got on hand- thereโ€™s no mistaken pasta reply.

Two bowls of pasta on a dark green background.

Carbs on carbs

Lastly, I notice the breadcrumbs on pasta might sound a bit a lot however I promise- itโ€™s pleasant. The crispy, golden breadcrumbs lend simply sufficient texture to make the pasta actually shine. You donโ€™t want them however I extremely suggest them. You may additionally use toasted/chopped nuts.


Actually the star of this recipe is the pesto. Itโ€™s a tough variation from an olive tapenade however can operate in the same manner. If you wish to make an enormous batch of this pesto, itโ€™s nice not solely on this pasta but in addition as a diffusion on sandwiches or pizza.

Pasta: In the event youโ€™re seeking to ditch the pasta, strive cooked spaghetti squash or in the event youโ€™re a fan of the spiralizer, candy potato noodles.

Cheese: I like having cheese as an possibility so as to add quite than take away. Nonetheless, this pasta dish is nice with a little bit of cheese sprinkle on prime, like feta.



eight ounces dried retailer purchased or do-it-yourself pasta

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/Four cup breadcrumbs

Olive Pesto

ยฝ cup packed contemporary basil

ยฝ cup packed contemporary flat leaf parsley

1 clove garlic

ยผ cup pitted kalamata olives

ยผ cup sun-dried tomatoes (see observe)

three tablespoons lemon juice

ยผ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped or sliced almonds


  1. Put together pasta in response to instructions. Drain, reserving among the pasta water, and place pasta in a bowl or return to pot.
  2. Whereas pasta is cooking, pulse the basil, parsley, and garlic in a meals processor till minced. Add within the olives, tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, and almonds. Proceed to till pesto is properly mixed, including a bit extra olive oil (or pasta water) if wanted to pulse every thing collectively.
  3. Add to pasta and toss, including a splash or two of pasta water till the pasta is coated.
  4. In a dry skillet over medium warmth, toast breadcrumbs in olive oil till flippantly browning. Sprinkle on prime of pasta and serve with further herbs for garnish.


+ I used sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive however you might additionally use non-oil packed sun-dried tomatoes however you would possibly want so as to add a splash extra olive oil or lemon juice.

Close-up, side angle photograph of long pasta in an olive sauce and topped with basil.