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As the positioning ages, I’m making an attempt to undergo and replace/retest among the recipes I imagine ought to have some endurance. These are the recipes I’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, I’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. It’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

I’m utilizing the concept of ‘pesto’ right here a bit loosely. It’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

I’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- there’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- it’s pleasant. The crispy, golden breadcrumbs lend simply sufficient texture to make the pasta actually shine. You don’t want them however I extremely suggest them. You may additionally use toasted/chopped nuts.


Actually the star of this recipe is the pesto. It’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, it’s nice not solely on this pasta but in addition as a diffusion on sandwiches or pizza.

Pasta: In the event you’re seeking to ditch the pasta, strive cooked spaghetti squash or in the event you’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

½ cup packed contemporary basil

½ cup packed contemporary flat leaf parsley

1 clove garlic

¼ cup pitted kalamata olives

¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (see observe)

three tablespoons lemon juice

¼ 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.