Tomato & Olive Mediterranean Pasta

Recipes | Dinner, Lunch
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD
Grain Foods Foundation

The flavors of the Mediterranean are always in reach when there are olives on hand. Toss together this light and flavorful combo for a simple and satisfying weeknight dinner.


  • 1 pound bowtie spiral or penne pasta, uncooked, 16 oz
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives pitted, sliced
  • 2 to 3 oz Roma tomatoes chopped (or 1 14.5can of diced tomatoes, drained)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted, chopped (could also use walnuts)
  • 8 in to 10 fresh basil leaves cutthin strips

Try this tasty recipe for Tomato & Olive Mediterranean Pasta, which is not only packed with grains but is also under 500 calories.


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add garlic, olives and toasted pine nuts . Cook gently stirring frequently until garlic is tender and golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 more minutes or until tomatoes are tender but not overcooked.
  3. Gently incorporate basil and cooked pasta. Toss together and serve immediately.