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Pappardelle Pasta with Olives, Thyme, and Lemon

The sauce for this pasta dish, designed by chef George Germon of Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, takes only a few minutes to prepare.

  • servings: 2

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for water
  • 8 ounces dried pappardelle, or other long, flat pasta
  • 16 Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon, coarsely chopped
  • One 3-inch strip orange zest, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and pappardelle, and cook until pasta is al dente, following label directions. Drain in a colander, reserving 1 cup cooking water.

  2. Step 2

    While pasta is cooking, combine olives, parsley, olive oil, thyme, lemon zest, orange zest, and red-pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse until a chunky puree forms. Transfer to a warm serving bowl large enough to accommodate cooked pasta.

  3. Step 3

    Add pasta, and toss to combine. Add 1/4 cup cooking water, and toss to combine. Add more water if necessary; pappardelle has a tendency to absorb liquid quickly, so more water may be needed. The sauce should cling to ribbons of pasta but should not be dry. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2000

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Reviews (2)

  • 31 Jan, 2014

    Don't waste your time or ingredients. If, like me, you are looking to add something different/easy to your menu, look elsewhere. This is absolutely DISGUSTING! Three of us threw it away after just one bite!

  • 24 Apr, 2008

    It was delicious but the zest didn't get processed enough. I'd use a microplane zester next time. Other than that, delicious and easy to make.