This vegetarian pasta dinner recipe is a rescue for the busy weekday nights when there's very little time before dinner. The ingredients needed for this recipe are quite straightforward, too, and we're pretty sure you can find at least half of the ingredients already in your kitchen without a sweat!
The essence of this recipe is that it doesn't rely on a pasta sauce. Instead, the secret ingredient here is the olive oil, which is essentially the 'sauce' or heart of the recipe. So, we simply can’t emphasise the importance of using a premium quality olive oil! As the base ingredient of the recipe, a good quality olive oil really goes a long way. We used Vassae premium extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
“Pasta la vista, baby!”
Olive oil is just one of the ingredients in this tasteful medley of Mediterranean flavours. Here is a list of some of the characteristic flavours of the region and what makes this pasta a Mediterranean cuisine must-try.
Olive oil forms the base of this dish, and a splash can even be added towards the end of cooking for extra flavour.
Black olives or Kalamata olives (pitted and halved) can be a great addition if you enjoy olives. If you're not the biggest fan, feel free to omit it from the recipe.
Vegetables we chose include artichokes, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Fresh herbs are an important addition to Mediterranean cuisine as well as pastas in general.
Feta cheese is our go to cheese when making this recipe. A crumble of feta cheese on top of the pasta is just the amount of cheesy and salty goodness this recipe needs.
Delicious pasta recipes really are a saving grace for all the busy families out there who run on a tight schedule. It's convenient and there are plenty of ways to make it healthy and improvise it to your diet preference. This recipe, for example, is a vegetarian dish with some of the ingredients being fresh while others being pantry staples such as canned olives and artichokes. But keep in mind that this recipe can be easily improvised with the addition of chicken if you're interested in having a source of animal protein, alternatively if you prefer a vegan diet you can opt for a vegan feta cheese.
Serves 4 portions
Vassae premium extra virgin olive oil* (1/2 cup or 120 ml)
Garlic (6 cloves) crushed
Spring onion (1 bunch) finely chopped
Bell pepper (2) sliced
Tomatoes (500g) sliced
Olives (100g) canned & drained
Artichokes (160g) canned & drained
Parsley (1 bunch) finely chopped
Feta cheese (40g) crumbled
Lemon (1/2) zested & juiced
Boil the spaghetti in generously salted water according to package instructions until tender.
Drain the pasta water and return the drained pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water for later use.
Meanwhile, prepare your ingredients by finely chopping the parsley and spring onions. Slice the bell peppers and tomatoes.
Add the olive oil to a pan on medium heat and add crushed garlic (finely chopped or pressed with a garlic press). Allow the garlic to cook in the oil for a few minutes until golden brown.
Next, add the chopped parsley followed by the green onions and chopped tomatoes. Sauté the ingredients for 2-3 minutes.
Add the cooked spaghetti in the pan and toss together with the ingredients.
Add the bell peppers, olives, and artichokes. Toss the ingredients to combine.
Add the lemon juice and the remaining pasta water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, according to taste.
Garnish with lemon zest, crumbled feta cheese, and nuts. Serve this dish warm and delicious immediately!
Using a premium virgin olive oil would be highly recommended as it's the 'soul' of this Mediterranean dish.
Want to add something extra to this dish? Seafood such as shrimp or a source of lean protein like chicken could be a good addition.
Want to add more greens to this meal idea? Pair it with your very own salad or get inspired by one of our favourite salads!
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