Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pasta with Olives ~ Meatless Recipe

On our never-ending quest to get healthier or, at least, try to eat less meat, I am bringing you some meatless options. This recipe is actually vegetarian and vegan and meatless. I will have some vegetarian recipes but mainly my new recipes will be meatless. There is a difference because the other day I was making a mushroom stroganoff (recipe coming soon) and realized it wasn't vegetarian because I used chicken broth. And I use dairy. I am not sure if dairy counts as vegetarian.

Anyway, I found this recipe in one of my new books and decided to try it. It cannot be easier. Even a kid can make this and it was delicious!

Start off with 6 tablespoons of olive oil.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive tapenade. I bought some jarred tapenade at the store and it worked well.  Also add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 cloves crushed garlic and some black pepper. 

Add about 1/4 sliced green olives and 1/4 cup sliced black olives. I had no black olives so I added all green olives. I bought little cans of olives. Of course, you can use jarred olives or fresh olives from an olive bar if you live somewhere that would have an olive bar. Our town does not have one. Sigh. 

Grate some fresh nutmeg into the mixture. I would say about 1/2 teaspoon but do it to your taste. Let the mixture simmer but not boil. In the meantime, boil the pasta. 

Once the pasta is done, put into the pan with the olive mixture and mix well. 

That's it. This recipe is under 30 minutes. Is vegan (I think), vegetarian for sure and meatless. It was also really delicious. It has an underlying tartness because of the olives but the oil and pasta smooth that out. The nutmeg gives it an nutty flavor that pairs well with the olives. It is also flexible because you can use any type of olives you want. You can use any type of pasta your want as well. I added a little Parmesan cheese on top and it was so good. 

Buen Provecho! 


  1. What a delicious looking recipe! It's marrying two of my favorite foods, pasta and olives! I'm not even a vegetarian, but I'll for sure be trying this one out. Thanks for the simple to read instructions and great pictures!

  2. Love this simple and delicious recipe. La pruebo pronto.

  3. Oh boy this sounds and looks delicious. I going to try and make it but I'm going to put more black olives then green. I love black olives. What a perfect recipe. Nice and light.

  4. I have never seen this pasta shape. It is very interesting and adorable. I know it is strange to call pasta adorable but it really is!

  5. mmm I will have to try this for sure.