Spaghetti w/ Olives & Artichoke

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Spaghetti w/ Olives & Artichoke

12 oz whole grain spaghetti
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 TBSP capers, rinsed & drained
12 kalamata olives, pitted & chopped
1 & 1/2 TBSP lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped parsley
artichoke hearts (plain – not marinated)
freshly ground black pepper

  • Prep parsley, garlic & olives.
  • Cook pasta in salted water until al dente.
  • In the mean time, gently heat the oil in a small saucepan.
  • Add the garlic & cook for 1 min.
  • Add the capers, olives & lemon juice, cook 1 minute longer & set aside.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain & return it to the same, warm pot.
  • Add the olive oil mixture, parsley, black pepper & toss well to coat.

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SIDE NOTES:

~ Adapted from “Easy Vegetarian”

~ If you have one, use your small food processor to chop the garlic. Once you add the garlic to the oil, then you can use the processor to chop the parsley.

~ You can get kalamatas pitted, but be careful not to break a tooth, as every so often one slips through the cracks w/ pit intact. For this recipe, you’re chopping them by hand which is a good way to check for pits anyway. Our favorite brand of olives is “Mediterranean Organics.” Another good one, especially if you’re avoiding yeast is “Delallo” organic jumbo kalamatas in brine.

~ Artichoke hearts are my addition & go extremely well with this dish. Cut into quarters & toss ’em in.

~ Double the recipe to feed a family of 4 generously. Tinkyada brown rice spaghetti comes in 12 oz bags so its easy. We find the pasta needs a little rinsing for this one, but rice pasta is starchier than wheat so do what works for you depending on what kind you use.

 For those with various food restrictions, this recipe falls into the following categories:

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free, Vegan, Raw

If eating gluten and/or sugar free, use an appropriate pasta (brown rice pasta is our personal preference), and double check labels of any packaged products such as olives, capers, and artichoke hearts.


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