Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime

Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime

Here’s a fresh simple Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime that I threw together for lunch in no time. Spinach fettuccine pasta noodles were tossed with olive oil, olives, garlic, basil, a little butter, and lime zest, then finished off with a squeeze of bright lime juice for a simple, happy, light pasta dish. I’m thinking it would be mighty fine served as a chilled pasta too. Mighty fine, indeed.

A little bit of chopping, and zesting, followed by some basic sautéeing was all that was required.

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Easy enough, huh?

Note: If you’re a big olive fan you might want to double the amount in the recipe.

A light dish: Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime

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Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime
A simple pasta perfect for a light lunch.
  • 8 ounces spinach fettuccine pasta (or preferred pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 ounces ( about ⅓ cup) green pitted olives, rough chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves loosely packed, rough chopped
  • zest from 1 lime (about ½ tsp)
  • 2 pinches pepper
  • juice of ⅓ of a lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan, optional
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Add olive oil to a skillet. Heat over medium until oil begins to ripple.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low. Add olives and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add butter, basil, lime zest, and pepper. Stir together and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add drained pasta. Squeeze ⅓ lime over pasta. Toss all together.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Top with grated parmesan, if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

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  1. 3


    I love every single thing about this… especially the lime zest (I put zest in everything). Wish my husband wasn’t such a pain and would like cooked olives (he’s weird about certain things and that’s one of them. LAME!)

  2. 22


    Amy….it’s like you are in my head. I can think of nothing better than pasta with green olives and garlic. I never would have thought to add lime! Totally making this and SOON!

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