Pasta Nonna, made with your favorite pasta tossed with roasted Kalamata olives, grape tomatoes and garlic is simple to make and bursting with flavor.
My mother has been telling me about this pasta she makes often called Pasta Nonna for years! It wasn’t until recently though that my husband and I had a chance to sample it for ourselves and since then, we’ve made it twice, it was THAT good!
The first time I made it, I didn’t use enough tomatoes and it came out a little dry. So I made it again with more so that I could bring some to my niece who just had a baby. Meet Dylan, my new Great Nephew; who was born on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m a little biased but he’s too stinkin’ cute!
I chose to make this recipe so that my niece had a little piece of Grandma Dorothy with her, even if by food, since she lives in Florida and won’t see little Dylan until June. Ok, now back to the Pasta Nonna.
This recipe is SUPER SIMPLE to make and cooking the pasta in the water is the part that takes the longest. Start off by getting a big pot of water with a little salt to come to a boil; then add your favorite pasta. My mom used spaghetti, I used linguine for this recipe and for my niece, I made it with rigatoni…all were equally as good.
While the water is boiling and pasta is cooking, add grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to a baking sheet and broil for about 10 minutes; just until the tomatoes start to burst open.
When the pasta is al dente, drain the water and place the pasta back into the pot and add the tomato mixture. Toss together, add some of your favorite grated cheese and serve. We had ours with tossed salad, but for my niece, I also brought over some Italian Sausage & Peppers in a White Wine Sauce since it’s one of their favorites…and I didn’t drop this batch on the floor Justin! 😉
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The tomatoes give just enough “juice” to keep the pasta moist and the flavor of the roasted garlic and olives are incredible. If you follow a special diet, swap the regular pasta out for gluten free, whole wheat or whole grain varieties. One suggestion I would like to make is to make sure you purchase pitted Kalamata olives.
My husband got some at the store for me that had pits in them and it was a bit more time consuming to make the second time since I had to pit the olives first before roasting them. This recipe will definitely be one that I make often; especially on those busy weeknights since it takes less than 30 minutes to make. ~Enjoy!
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- Preheat oven on broil.
- Add water to a large pot and bring to a boil; then add your pasta. Cook until al dente, drain the water and place the cooked pasta back into the pot.
- While the pasta is cooking, add the tomatoes, olives, garlic, oil, salt and pepper to a baking sheet, place under the broiler for approximately 10 minutes or until the tomatoes burst open. Remove from the oven and toss with the pasta.