Winter Pasta with Olives, Herbs, and Lemon

published Nov 9, 2021
Winter Pasta with Olives, Herbs, and Lemon Recipe

This pasta is fast, warm, and bright, and made solely with pantry ingredients.

Serves4

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For 13 years I lived in New York, where winter can be long and cold and dark and drive a person to consider one-way tickets to island locales or self-medicate with huge bowls of noodles. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this pasta can shorten the duration and decrease severity of a common case of the Winters. It’s fast, warm, and bright, and because it’s made solely with pantry ingredients it requires only slightly more effort than unfolding a beach chair. Lemon adds a bit of sunshine. Olives and Parmesan transport you to Sicily. A handful of long-lasting parsley reminds me that warmer weather will, in fact, come again.

Winter Pasta with Olives, Herbs, and Lemon Recipe

This pasta is fast, warm, and bright, and made solely with pantry ingredients.

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 pound

    pasta, any shape

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1/4 cup

    olive oil

  • 2

    yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced

  • 8

    garlic cloves, smashed and sliced

  • 1/2 cup

    pitted and chopped castelvetrano olives

  • 1/2 cup

    chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, basil and/or mint

  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

  • Grated Parmesan, for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions for al dente.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over high. Add onions and garlic and cook, tossing occasionally until beginning to brown and blister, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds pepper and continue to cook, tossing, until mostly dark brown all over, 6 to 8 minutes more. Reduce the heat as low as it will go while the pasta finishes cooking.

  3. Using tongs, transfer pasta directly to the skillet along with 1 cup pasta water. Increase heat to high and cook, tossing, until liquid thickens and coats the pasta, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add olives, herbs and lemon juice and toss to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if you like. Serve topped with Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

From READY, SET, COOK by Dawn Perry. Copyright © 2021 by Dawn Perry. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.