Delicious Mediterranean Pasta

Delicious Mediterranean Pasta
Mediterranean Pasta
Top the spiral noodles with this delicious mediterranean pasta sauce.


We are always looking for new and easy weeknight recipes. Pasta is a simple go-to, but the sauce and accompanying ingredients are usually where people get stuck. This mediterranean pasta recipe originated from wanting to figure out how to use my warehouse size jar of kalamata olives, without imparting that briny flavor many dislike. Follow this recipe and I promise you’ll find you just might discover you do like olives!

Mediterranean pasta with tomato sauce, kalamata olives, basil, oregano, red onion, garlic

By 2013-07-06

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 8 cups



Mediterranean pasta step 1
Gather primary ingredients.

Mediterranean Pasta 1

Rinse and de-stem basil and oregano leaves. Before dicing the red onion, slice three or four 1/4-inch rings (about half the onion) and immediately sprinkle with vinegar. This will prevent the wretched off-gassing which causes unnecessary eye-popping tears.

While the onions are waiting, bring a 4-quart pot of water to a boil. Add 1 Tbs salt to the boiling water to flavor the pasta. Commence with cooking rotini according to package directions.

Saute with olive oil and minced garlic

Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Proceed with shaving the garlic, and chopping the oregano. Simmer red onion and garlic for five minutes, or until translucent and fragrant.

Add tomato sauce, preferably using San Marzano tomatoes

Add oregano and tomato sauce and simmer on medium low, stirring occasionally for five more minutes.

kalamata olives and basil chiffonade

Turn off the heat and chiffonade the basil and add this and olives and the Chianti red wine vinegar. Substitute 1/4 cup of real Chianti or a good Spanish wine if desired, but simmer about 10 additional minutes for the alcohol to reduce into the sauce. Stir and plate when ready.

Top the spiral noodles with this delicious mediterranean pasta sauce.

This recipe is easily doubled if you are preparing an entire box of pasta for your family. Just caution on the wine substitute if serving to children.