Mother Earth Living

Rustic Linguine with Summer Herbs and Olives

Fresh herbs star in this savory pasta dish. Accompany with your favorite salad greens.
By Maria Speck
April 2011 Web
Add to My MSN

Fresh herbs star in this savory pasta dish.
Photo By Sara Remington
Slideshow


Content Tools

Related Content

The Rich History and Taste of Mardi Gras

Indulge on Fat Tuesday with these three Mardi Gras-inspired recipes. Bring the celebration right to ...

Spooky Snacks for Halloween

Try these spooktacular treats for your Halloween celebration. We've got mummified hot dogs, terrifyi...

The Lazy Gourmet: Orecchiette Pasta with Goat Cheese, Peas and Mint

The winter weather is putting a damper on my mood. Last night, in a desperate attempt to lighten thi...

Homemade Whole-Grain Tortillas

You can make delicious, whole wheat tortillas from scratch.

The following is an excerpt from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck (Ten Speed Press, 2011). The excerpt is from Chapter 5: Pasta. 

Rustic Linguine with Summer Herbs and Olives
Serves 4 

Herb and Olive Mixture: 

1 cup Kalamata or other good-quality black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons drained nonpareil capers
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh red Thai chile (optional)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt

Pasta: 

Fine sea salt
3/4 pound whole wheat linguine or spaghetti

1. First, prepare the herb and olive mixture. Place the olives, herbs, capers, garlic, chile, and olive oil in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Salt to taste (keeping in mind that olives and capers might be salty enough). Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring a couple of times, for the flavors to come together.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt as you see fit and then the pasta, stirring a few times. Return to a boil with the lid on; uncover and cook at a gentle boil until the pasta is al dente, according to the package directions.

3. To finish, drain the pasta and return it to the pot or to a large serving bowl, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the herb and olive mixture together with a scant 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Toss vigorously to combine for about 1 minute, adding a tad more cooking liquid to loosen the pasta as needed. Serve at once.

To get a head start: The herb and olive mixture, as in step 1, can be prepared 1 day ahead. Chill, covered. Remove it from the fridge when you start to boil the pasta water to take the chill out. I normally don’t buy already pitted olives as the pit helps them retain flavor, but if you’re in a hurry, please do.

To lighten it up: You can reduce the amount of olive oil to 2 tablespoons and increase the pasta liquid a bit. But I am a believer in the transformative power of olive oil. So when I feel a need for restraint, I eat a little less pasta—and more salad—rather than cut back on the delicious and satisfying aroma of olive oil.

Reprinted with permission from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc 

More recipes from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals:

• Artichoke-Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust 

• Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart with Walnuts 








Post a comment below.

 


MY COMMUNITY
no image
HarvestRight
8/21/2014 5:22:39 PM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 10:03:07 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:59:22 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:30:07 AM
no image
melisastarr
8/19/2014 12:57:22 PM
no image
Peggy McMahan
8/18/2014 11:29:51 AM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:16:45 PM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:15:23 PM






Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.