So easy, so delicious – here’s the delicious recipe!

Spaghetti with olives (symbol image)
Spaghetti with olives (symbol image) Imago/Panthermedia

There are different opinions about olives: some love them, some hate them. This divide goes so far that the popular American sitcom How I Met Your Mother came up with the Olive Theory, which states that in work relationships, one partner loves olives and the other hates them. Of course, it is not clear whether this is true, but what is certain is that there are many people who like to eat olives – and this dish is a real treat for them!

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Ingredients for spaghetti with olives

For two servings you need: 200 grams of spaghetti, 1 onion, 250 grams of tomato paste, 1 pack of olives (mixed or just brown, but not blackened), olive oil, salt, pepper.

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Not all people like olives.
Not all people like olives. Imago/Thea Photography

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Spaghetti recipe with olives

How it works: First, boil the spaghetti in salted water until they are almost al dente. Drain some of the pasta water during the cooking process. This will be used again later.

Peel and mince the onion, cut about half of the olives, remove a few basil leaves and chop them too.

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Now heat the olive oil in a pan and melt the onion in it. After it has browned for a few minutes, add the chopped olives and cook for a minute or two.

Everything is covered with tomato paste. Now you can carefully add salt and pepper and let everything simmer for a few minutes.

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Then add the rest of the olives, the almost finished spaghetti and some of the pasta water to the pan and toss until the spaghetti is cooked and the tomato-olive sauce is creamy around the pasta. The starchy pasta water helps with this.

Place the olive spaghetti on a plate and enjoy. You can sprinkle parmesan on top if you like – it’s not necessary. The dish tastes good even without cheese.

Enjoy your meal!

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