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Quick & Healthy Mediterranean Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes & Olives

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This healthy Mediterranean Pasta with fresh tomatoes and olives is an easy pasta recipe to whip up in 20 minutes. You can keep it vegetarian or add in chicken or shrimp for more protein!

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Why We Love This 20 Minute Mediterranean Pasta Dish

This Mediterranean Pasta recipe packs a ton of flavor without being intimidating to cook!

We also love that you don’t need any hard-to-find ingredients. 

It’s seriously one of our go-to dinners! You have to try it; you won’t regret it!

Easy Mediterranean Pasta recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 12 ounces of dry angel hair pasta
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon. kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup sliced (or diced) Kalamata olives

How to Make it

  1. Start by boiling salted water in a large pot. Once boiling, cook your pasta according to the package’s al dente instructions. 
  2. Before draining your pasta, save 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Then drain the pasta and add it back to your large pot.
  3. While your pasta cooks, heat your extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once it’s warm, add in your cherry tomatoes and sliced onion. Let it cook 7 or 8 minutes or until the tomatoes burst and onion softens.
  4. Add in your garlic, oregano, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes. Let cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in your spinach until it is wilted. 
  6. Mix in your lemon juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  7. Pour your this tomato mixture over the cooked spaghetti and slowly add in your pasta cooking water, toss the mixture with tongs until a light sauce forms and clings to the pasta. 
  8. Stir in your feta cheese and olives. 

You can also add in chicken, shrimp, or chickpeas to this dish to up the protein in it.

What should I pair this Mediterranean pasta dish with?

We love it with sourdough bread topped with a little olive oil and a glass of Avaline wine!

How do I store the leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. Leftover should last for 3-5 days.

Yield: 6

Quick & Healthy Mediterranean Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes & Olives

Easy Mediterranean Pasta recipe

This healthy Mediterranean Pasta with fresh tomatoes and olives is an easy pasta recipe to whip up in 20 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of dry angel hair pasta
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon. kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅓ cup sliced (or diced) Kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Start by boiling salted water in a large pot. Once boiling, cook your pasta according to the package's al dente instructions. 
  1. Before draining your pasta, save 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Then drain the pasta and add it back to your large pot.
  2. While your pasta cooks, heat your extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Once it's warm, add in your cherry tomatoes and sliced onion. Let it cook 7 or 8 minutes or until the tomatoes burst and onion softens.
  3. Add in your garlic, oregano, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes. Let cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in your spinach until it is wilted. 
  5. Mix in your lemon juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour your this tomato mixture over the cooked spaghetti and slowly add in your pasta cooking water, toss the mixture with tongs until a light sauce forms and clings to the pasta. 
  7. Stir in your feta cheese and olives. 

Notes

You can also add in chicken, shrimp, or chickpeas to this dish to up the protein in it.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 357mgCarbohydrates: 48gNet Carbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

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