Olive Tapenade Pasta

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Olive Tapenade Pasta is a quick pasta recipe that uses pasta, olive tapenade, and a few other simple pantry ingredients. Serve it with garlic bread for a hearty meal.

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Olive tapenade pasta served in a bowl.
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About Olive Tapenade Pasta

Olive Tapenade Pasta is an easy main course recipe made using pasta, olive tapenade, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.

For the uninitiated, olive tapenade is a French condiment made using olives, capers, herbs, and sometimes anchovies. It has a savory umami flavor and a chunky, meaty texture.

Olive Tapenade is undoubtedly the star ingredient of this pasta recipe, and its savory umami flavor makes this pasta quite flavorful.

This pasta recipe needs just a few pantry ingredients and comes together in under 15 minutes.

Serve it on its own for a quick dinner or with toasted bread, garlic bread, open toast, salad, or bruschetta for a wholesome meal.

This recipe is vegetarian and can be easily made vegan.

Ingredients

Olive tapenade pasta ingredients - breadcrumbs, extra virgin olive oil, salt, olive tapenade and spaghetti pasta.
Olive tapenade pasta ingredients - pepper flakes, lemon juice, parsley, parmesan cheese and pepper powder.

Pasta – I prefer spaghetti for this pasta recipe, as the tapenade clings well to the noodles, so you get plenty of tapenade in each twirl. But you can use other pasta variations, such as linguine, penne, farfalle, etc.

Olive Tapenade – I make my Olive Tapenade at home, but you can buy a jar to save time.

Parmesan Cheese – Use good quality parmesan cheese.

Breadcrumbs – I use seasoned breadcrumbs, which add a nice bite and flavor to the pasta. Check out my Pangrattato (Seasoned Breadcrumbs) to make your batch.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Use a good quality one!

Others – You will also need salt, fresh parsley, freshly squeezed lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Adjust the quantity of ground black pepper and red pepper flakes per your taste.

You can add salmon, chicken, shrimp, or steak to this recipe for added protein.

You can also add veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, etc, to make the pasta healthier.

Make it garlicky by adding chopped garlic to the oil.

How To Make Olive Tapenade Pasta

Cook The Pasta

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add 2 tablespoon salt and 12 oz (340 g) pasta to the pot and stir well.

Cook 12 oz (340 g) spaghetti pasta according to the package instructions, subtracting 1 minute from the recommended cooking time.

Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta.

Cooked pasta.

Make Tapenade Pasta

While your pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

Stir in ½ cup of seasoned breadcrumbs and toast them until golden brown (1-2 minutes), stirring continuously.

Breadcrumbs added to hot oil.

Add the drained pasta to the pan along with ½ cup of olive tapenade and ½ cup of pasta water.

Toss well to combine, adding additional pasta water if needed. 

Cooked pasta, olive tapenade and pasta water added to the pan.

Add the following ingredients and toss well to combine.

  • 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (packed) chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Parmesan cheese, parsley and lemon juice added to the pan.

Season the pasta with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

Salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper powder added to the pan.

Garnish with grated parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, and red pepper flakes, and serve hot.

Ready olive tapenade pasta.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make gluten-free tapenade pasta?

To make it gluten-free, use gluten-free spaghetti and bread crumbs.

How to make vegan olive tapenade pasta?

To make it vegan, use vegan spaghetti and breadcrumbs and replace parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast.

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5 from 2 votes

Olive Tapenade Pasta Recipe

Olive Tapenade Pasta is a quick pasta recipe made using spaghetti, olive tapenade, and a few more simple pantry ingredients. Serve it with garlic bread for a hearty meal.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti pasta (340 g)
  • 2 tablespoons salt (plus more as required)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup olive tapenade
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper (as required)
  • red pepper flakes (as required)
  • grated parmesan chesee (as required)
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Instructions 

Cook The Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  • Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add salt and pasta to the pot and stir well.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, subtracting 1 minute from the recommended cooking time.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta.

Make Tapenade Pasta

  • While your pasta is cooking, heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Stir in breadcrumbs and toast them until golden brown (1-2 minutes), stirring continuously.
  • Add the drained pasta to the pan along with olive tapenade and ½ cup of pasta water.
  • Toss well to combine, adding additional pasta water if needed. 
  • Add parmesan cheese, parsley, and lemon juice and toss well to combine.
  • Season the pasta with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Garnish with grated parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, and serve hot.

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Notes

I prefer to use spaghetti to make this pasta but you can use other pasta variations such as linguine, penne, etc.
For added protein, you can add salmon, chicken, shrimp, or steak to this recipe.
Make it garlicky by adding chopped garlic to the oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 511kcal, Carbohydrates: 75g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 3996mg, Potassium: 267mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 492IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 275mg, Iron: 2mg
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