As the site ages, I’m attempting to go through and update/retest
some of the recipes I believe should have some staying power. These
are the recipes I’ve love. This olive pesto pasta came about as a
fluke, a dinner desperation. Ever since then, this pasta has become
a staple, primarily for how easy and quick it comes together!
When it comes to olives, I’m buying a small container from the
olive bar on a weekly basis. We use olives on pizza, in salads, as
a snack, and in pasta dishes, like this olive pesto pasta. It’s a
lovely, salty recipe for this time of year.
As you can see in the recipe, I typically reach for kalamata but
green/black ones would work just as well. Use what you might
already have on hand (or is the easiest for you pick-up!)
I’m using the idea of ‘pesto’ here a bit loosely. It’s
as if my base tapenade recipe mixed with a pesto and created this
delightful spread. This recipe makes quite a bit so be prepared to
use it in a few different ways. Use it as a spread on sandwiches,
top a bit of hummus, or add it to a morning omelette.
Pasta for Days
I’m not usually particular about the shape of pasta but when
it comes to this olive pesto pasta, I love it with long, thick
noodles. Fettuccine or something similar works wonderfully. The
olive pesto, with the help of just a splash of pasta water, clings
to the noodles. Of course, you can use what you already have on
hand- there’s no wrong pasta answer.
Carbs on carbs
Finally, I realize the breadcrumbs on pasta might seem a bit
much but I promise- it’s delightful. The crispy, golden
breadcrumbs lend just enough texture to make the pasta really
shine. You don’t need them but I highly recommend them. You could
also use toasted/chopped nuts.
Really the star of this recipe is the pesto. It’s a rough
variation from an olive tapenade but can function in a similar way.
If you want to make a big batch of this pesto, it’s great not only
on this pasta but also as a spread on sandwiches or pizza.
Pasta: If you’re looking to ditch the pasta,
try cooked spaghetti squash or if you’re a fan of the spiralizer,
sweet potato noodles.
Cheese: I like having cheese as an option to
add rather than take away. However, this pasta dish is great with a
bit of cheese sprinkle on top, like feta.
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