Pasta with Capers, Olives and Pine Nuts

Penne with capers,olives and pinenuts
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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This simple dish is rich with the flavor of capers, black olives, garlic, and pine nuts. This is a fast and easy meal to make or use it as a side dish.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 ounces pine nuts
  • 15 ounces California black olives (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons capers (rinsed and minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon basil (cut into chiffonade)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon flat parsley (minced)
  • 1 pound pasta (any shape)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese (grated)

How to Make It

  1. Combine the butter with the olive oil and heat over medium heat in a large saute pan.
  2. Add the garlic and pine nuts, reduce the heat to low, and continue to cook until the nuts are just beginning to turn golden in color.
  3. Add the olives, capers, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. Toss until the products are incorporated and heated thoroughly.
  4. Cook the pasta  in a large sauce pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well. Toss the drained pasta with the nut-olive mixture over medium heat until the products are incorporated and heated thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  1. Sprinkle each portion with grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Source: by The Art Institutes (John Wiley & Sons)
Reprinted with permission.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 711
Total Fat 41 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Unsaturated Fat 21 g
Cholesterol 23 mg
Sodium 848 mg
Carbohydrates 72 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Protein 17 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)