Pasta with Olives, Capers, and Parsley

15 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 86% would make again

Ready in 20 minutes

Great flavor! And quick to prepare too!


6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 cloves Garlic; minced or pressed
1/2 cup Fresh parsley; chopped
20 Oil cured black olives; pitted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Capers; rinsed and chopped
1/4 cup Ricotta salata cheese; (or pecorino) freshly grated (optional)
1 pound Spaghetti; (or other long pasta)

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.

Saute the garlic until golden, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the olives and capers and saute for about 3 minutes over low heat.

Add the parsley and saute 1 or 2 minutes more.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente.

When the pasta is done, drain and add to olive mixture.

Toss gently and let rest for 30 seconds.

Garnish with the cheese (optional).

Adapted from a recipe found on


I tried a new pasta - Perciatelli; sort of like spaghetti, but hollow in the middle. The pasta was a very good match, and quite substantial. This would be great with spaghetti or another long pasta too.

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so easy to make!
Valerie411 12m ago

This is excellent with slight variations- i use kalamata olives, and add 2-3 anchovies to the oil base- awesome with spinach fettuccine!
michelle5196 2y ago

Makes my menu planner almost every week.
shawngipper 2y ago

Very good.... Also added shallots and didn't have the cheese so added Parmesan cheese GREAT! It was a winner with my husband
Ireen 2y ago

Kimmi497 2y ago

Added what I had like lemon, pepper and a few green beans. Yum!
flo_harper 3y ago

This was a hit with the girlfriend and a hit with me!! I think I'll squeeze a lemon into the finished product next time. Maybe sautéed some chicken with the olives too. Great pasta!
rooster5100 3y ago

kimmji 3y ago

Really great. Next time I will cut the olive oil by 2 tablespoons. I think it will be almost as good with a few less calories.
gimlet123 5y ago

very good, and very easy to make. my wife was really surprised at my cooking ability. there is a downside though. if too many good recipes like this exist i have trouble enjoying eating out. great job.
officework13 6y ago

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