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Olive Oil sauce for Pasta

Updated on October 20, 2011

How To Make a Delicious Olive Oil Sauce

What do we usually think of when we consider a sauce for pasta? Well the classic Spag Bol often springs to mind and maybe if you’re a bit more upmarket, perhaps Puttenesca. However, all of these are tomato based which are delicious, but for a classic summer idea, why not try an olive oil sauce for pasta – simple and delicious.

This is something I do quite often, very often on those days when there is little in the fridge and I want something to eat that is easy to make and yet delicious.

So, in the classic Italian ‘peasant’ style, I don’t really want to go down the recipe route but allow you to experiment and use what suits you best.

Obviously, the pasta that you use should be al dente or have a ‘bite’ to it and most definitely not over cooked and soggy. You can use any pasta for this although most of these probably work best with spaghetti or linguine.

For the olive oil sauce for pasta dishes, it is best to add most of it towards the end of its preparation as olive oil is much healthier in its natural raw state so by adding it at the end and just warming it through, you will get both the taste and the health benefits.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Simply prepare the olive oil sauce and then toss with the pasta and serve for a simple delicious dish.

A Few Olive Oil Pasta sauce Ideas

Garlic Anchovy and Eggs
Simply lightly fry the garlic in a little olive oil until lightly coloured then add anchovies to taste (they can be very salty so it depends on your taste), Once these have partially ‘dissolved’ then add some chopped hard boiled egg, add black pepper to taste then add olive oil to create the sauce (some will prefer more oil to others so add to taste. Warm through, toss into the pasta and eat

Capers, garlic and grilled tomatoes
Pre grill the tomatoes then fry the garlic in a little olive oil before adding the tomatoes and capers. Add black pepper to taste. Add olive oil to create a sauce and toss with pasta. Serve and eat.

Mushroom, garlic and asparagus
Grill or par boil the asparagus, grill the mushrooms if possible to give a more intense taste although you can fry if you prefer. Fry the garlic in a little oil then add the asparagus and mushrooms then add olive oil to create a sauce. Toss with pasta and add black pepper to taste.

Sardine, tomato chilli and garlic
This is a great quick meal using tinned sardines. I sometimes pre grill them to dry them a little to give a more intense taste. Grill the tomatoes (quartered or so) then fry the garlic in a little olive oil with some chilli flakes to taste or fresh chilli if you prefer. Add the tomatoes and sardines followed by enough olive oil to create the sauce, add black pepper and toss with pasta, serve and eat.

Other ingredients you may wish to use are artichokes, aubergines and most Mediterranean vegetables.

So, there are a few ideas to create a delicious olive oil sauce for pasta. Of course, you can vary these to taste and also add parmesan cheese if you wish although do try to use fresh parmesan; it is far superior to the cheese in a tub.


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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Welcome to hubpages! Thanks for sharing these ideas. I plan to try the mushroom, garlic and asparagus. So very simple to prepare!