Mediterranean Pasta with Artichokes and Olives

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This Mediterranean pasta is simple and boasts a lot of flavor thanks to olives and artichokes. Ready in 30 minutes, the pasta is tossed in a cherry tomato sauce cooked with garlic and olive oil, making it creamy and so delicious. 

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I love a simple and comforting bowl of pasta. Some of my favorite vegetarian pasta recipes are cherry tomato pasta, pesto pasta and spaghetti aglio e olio. If I want a vegetarian pasta with more body and texture, I make this easy Mediterranean pasta. Packed with olives, marinated artichoke hearts and capers, every bite of this dish is tasty. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

  • Easy: Perfect for the novice cook, this recipe is as simple as cooking the pasta and mixing with the sauce. There is minimal chopping involved and it takes 30 minutes from start to finish. 
  • Simple but crowd pleasing: You can make this dish as a quick weeknight dinner or for a small gathering, topped with some greek marinated chicken and served with a simple salad. 
  • Leftovers: This pasta gives great leftovers that you can enjoy for days, therefore it’s good for meal prep, too!

Ingredients For Mediterranean Pasta

To make this recipe you need pasta, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, artichokes and olives.
  • Pasta: Spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine works well in this recipe. You can use regular pasta, whole wheat or gluten-free. Make sure to cook the pasta according to the packaging instructions. 
  • Cherry tomatoes: To make the sauce, use cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. Once they cook, they burst and release their juice. 
  • Garlic: A few cloves of garlic add a lot of flavor to the sauce. I usually slice them thinly but you can also mince them if preferred. 
  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil works best in this pasta recipe. 
  • Crushed red pepper: This is optional, and it adds a bit of kick to the sauce.    
  • Marinated artichoke hearts: You can get these at many supermarkets. Alternatively, you can use canned artichoke hearts. 
  • Olives: I used pitted kalamata olives that I sliced into smaller pieces. You can also use green olives if preferred. 
  • Capers: They add a lot of flavor, a tablespoon or two would be enough. 
  • Parmesan: It’s best to get a block of parmesan and grate it on top right before serving. 

How To Make Pasta With Artichokes 

Cook the tomatoes and garlic, add the vegetables
  1. Make the sauce: Place the cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and salt in a large pan. Give it a good stir and place it over medium high heat. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the tomatoes burst and soften. 
  2. Prepare the pasta: While the cherry tomatoes are cooking, cook the pasta according to the packaging. Save 1 cup of the pasta water for later and drain the rest. Set the pasta aside. 
  3. Add the vegetables: Once the tomatoes are soft, give it a good stir and add the olives, artichoke hearts and capers. Make sure all is well combined. 
  4. Add the pasta: Turn the heat to medium, add the cooked pasta to the sauce and start to mix. Add ⅓ cup pasta water and mix so it gets creamy. If needed, add more pasta water. 
  5. Serve: Transfer to serving bowls and top the pasta with freshly grated parmesan. 

Tips To Make Delicious Mediterranean Style Pasta

  1. Quality ingredients: When a recipe is this simple, the flavor and final taste lies within the quality of the ingredients. Get the best cherry tomatoes available and use tasty olives! 
  2. Save the pasta water: Pasta water contains starch from the pasta, making it a great addition to the sauce to make it creamy. Always serve a cup of the pasta water before draining. 
  3. Get creative: This Mediterranean pasta is a great canvas for your creativity! Use herbs and vegetables that sound good to you to jazz it up! 

Variations

  • Vegetables: Use different vegetables such as zucchini, peppers and onions. 
  • Cheese: You can use parmesan or crumbled feta. 
  • Meat: Add some cooked sausage to the sauce or top the pasta with sliced chicken or seared shrimp. 
  • More flavor to the sauce: Add chopped basil or a couple of anchovies to the tomato sauce for more flavor. 
Mediterranean style pasta with artichoke.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this pasta with some fresh salad such as Mediterranean salad or cucumber tomato feta salad. You can also have some freshly baked focaccia on the side. 

Leftovers And Reheating 

Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. To reheat, place the pasta in a pan and add 2 tablespoons of water. Turn the heat to medium high and stir frequently. It takes about 10 minutes for the pasta to heat. 

You can freeze Mediterranean pasta too. Let it cool completely and transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating. 

Close up shot of Mediterranean pasta.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Mediterranean pasta ahead of time? 

Prepare the pasta and the sauce up to a day in advance and refrigerate in separate containers. Once you’re ready to serve, heat the sauce with a bit of water, add the pasta and toss well to combine. 

Can I make this recipe vegan? 

Yes, you can simply leave out the parmesan or top the pasta with a vegan parmesan alternative. 

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This Mediterranean pasta is simple and boasts a lot of flavor thanks to olives and artichokes. Ready in 30 minutes, the pasta is tossed in a cherry tomato sauce cooked with garlic and olive oil, making it creamy and so delicious. 
5 from 4 votes

Mediterranean Pasta With Artichokes and Olives

This Mediterranean pasta is simple and boasts a lot of flavor thanks to olives and artichokes. Ready in 30 minutes, the pasta is tossed in a cherry tomato sauce cooked with garlic and olive oil, making it creamy and so delicious. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients 

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions 

  • Place the cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and salt in a large pan. Stir to combine, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the tomatoes burst and soften.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packaging. Save 1 cup of the pasta water for later. Set the pasta aside.
  • Once the tomatoes are bursting, give it a good stir and add the olives, artichoke hearts and capers.
  • Turn the heat to medium, add the pasta to the sauce and mix. Add ⅓ cup pasta water and mix so it gets creamy. Add more pasta water if needed.
  • Top the pasta with freshly grated parmesan and serve.

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Notes

  • Pasta water contains starch from the pasta, making it a great addition to the sauce to make it creamy.
  • Use different vegetables such as zucchini, peppers and onions if desired.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. To reheat, place the pasta in a pan and add 2 tablespoons of water. Turn the heat to medium high and stir frequently. It takes about 10 minutes for the pasta to heat.
  • To freeze, let the pasta cool completely and transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 953IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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I'm here to show you how to make delicious Persian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food at home. My easy to follow recipes will bring exciting new flavors to your table!

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was deliscious! I made it with Whole wheat Penne pasta instead of the spaghetti. I also added fresh mushrooms!

  2. 5 stars
    The perfect summer pasta dish, it packs a ton of flavor and slight kick of heat! It was a total hit and I plan on making it again next week. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe, we love it!

  3. 5 stars
    This was such a simple, easy pasta and turned out super flavorful and delicious!! My whole family loved it!

  4. 5 stars
    The flavors of the artichokes and olives really complemented the pasta. It was so easy to make and a hit with the whole family. Highly recommend!