Pasta alle olive

And another simple pasta. This time with olives. I told you I was going to go for simple for a while!

Anyway, when talking about simple pasta, this is one of my favorite. Together with amatriciana, arrabbiata, puttanesca and tuna pasta, olive pasta is one of the most common variations on the simple tomato sauce pasta. It can be cooked in only a few minutes and it is full of flavor.

Olive pasta for lunch

If you like olives, you will love this pasta. I like love olives and this pasta has saved the day on many occasions. In fact, as you can see from the picture I had it on multiple occasions lately. It is so quick to make and you really only need a couple of ingredients.

Oh for this pasta to turn out right you have to use good olives. Don’t use olives from a can! Go to your favorite Greek or middle eastern store or to some other place with a great olve bar and get some oven roasted black olives (with no added flavors or herbs and possibly pitted) and some green olives (again with no added flavors or herbs and pitted).

A simple pasta to recover from extensive celebrations!

A simple pasta to recover from extensive celebrations!


  • 3 oz. pasta
  • 3 tbsp olives (black and green)
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • grated pecorino (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta according to box instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a pan cook the diced onion in the oil until soft and wilted. Once the onion is soft, add the olives sliced and the tomato sauce. Cook until the sauce is well reduced (about 15 minutes). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Dress the pasta with the olive sauce and return to a hot pot. Saute for a minute or so adding the grated cheese if using.
  4. Enjoy hot.

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