I dare say, this simple Mediterranean olive oil pasta is textbook Mediterranean diet deliciousness! It skips all the fluff and heavy sauces in favor of extra virgin olive oil and a few  ingredients.

Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta | The Mediterranean Dish. A favorite and super light pasta dish where the sauce is quality extra virgin olive oil with garlic. Adding parsley, tomatoes and couple more Mediterranean flavors makes this dish the perfect lunch, side, or even light supper. An easy Mediterranean diet recipe. Find it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

This simple olive oil pasta recipe takes inspiration from the popular Naples dish called spaghetti aglio e olio, which translates to spaghetti with garlic and oil.

In a typical spaghetti aglio e olio recipe, pasta is coated in a simple garlic-olive oil sauce, then garnished with parsley and, sometimes, grated Parmesan.

But this Mediterranean olive oil pasta goes just a little bit further, by adding a few favorite ingredients like grape tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, feta and olives.

Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta | The Mediterranean Dish. A favorite and super light pasta dish where the sauce is quality extra virgin olive oil with garlic. Adding parsley, tomatoes and couple more Mediterranean flavors makes this dish the perfect lunch, side, or even light supper. An easy Mediterranean diet recipe. Find it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

A couple of tips for this olive oil pasta

First, this dish makes a feature of extra virgin olive oil and relies heavily on its flavor.  The oil is briefly heated through, but not cooked. That's why, you'll want to use the best quality extra virgin olive oil you can afford.

Remember, oils that are simply labeled "pure" have usually been heat-treated and refined by mechanical means and, consequently, lack character and flavor.

Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For this recipe, I always use our Greek Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil. It is organically grown and processed from native Koroneiki olives, which are hand-picked early in the season while still green, and processed within ours to make this prized 'liquid gold' they call  ‘agoureleo.’

Our Early Harvest oil is an exquisite cold extracted and unfiltered oil with a perfectly balanced complexity— rich green, fruity and pungent with a peppery finish. Our oil features exceptionally high levels of polyphenols and low acidity of less than 0.35%.

Read more about our Early Harvest oil here! It makes a ton of difference in dishes like this Mediterranean olive oil pasta.

Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta | The Mediterranean Dish. A favorite and super light pasta dish where the sauce is quality extra virgin olive oil with garlic. Adding parsley, tomatoes and couple more Mediterranean flavors makes this dish the perfect lunch, side, or even light supper. An easy Mediterranean diet recipe. Find it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Secondly, when making the sauce, do not allow the garlic to brown, it will taint its flavor. If it does brown or burn, you'll need to toss it and start over.

Of course, if you're  in the mood for something saucy, be sure to check out my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe!

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Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta | The Mediterranean Dish. A favorite and super light pasta dish where the sauce is quality extra virgin olive oil with garlic. Adding parsley, tomatoes and couple more Mediterranean flavors makes this dish the perfect lunch, side, or even light supper. An easy Mediterranean diet recipe. Find it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta


Description

Simple, tasty olive oil pasta loaded with Mediterranean flavors.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb thin spaghetti
  • ½ cup Early Harvest Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or Private Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 oz grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 scallions (green onions), top trimmed, both whites and greens chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 6 oz marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • ¼ cup pitted olives, halved
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese, more if you like
  • 10-15 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Follow package instructions to cook thin spaghetti pasta to al dente (mine took 6 minutes to cook in plenty of boiling water with salt and olive oil).
  2. When pasta is almost cooked, heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Lower the heat and add garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook for 10 seconds, stirring regularly. Stir in the parsley, tomatoes and chopped scallions. Cook over low heat until just warmed through, about 30 seconds or so.
  3. When the pasta is ready, remove from heat, drain cooking water and return to its cooking pot. Pour the warmed olive oil sauce in and toss to coat thoroughly. Add black pepper and toss again to coat.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and toss one more time. Serve immediately in pasta bowls, and if you like, top each with more basil leaves and feta. Enjoy!

Notes

Recommended for this recipe Our Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: olive oil pasta, olive oil pasta recipe, Mediterranean pasta, spaghetti

Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta | The Mediterranean Dish. A favorite and super light pasta dish where the sauce is quality extra virgin olive oil with garlic. Adding parsley, tomatoes and couple more Mediterranean flavors makes this dish the perfect lunch, side, or even light supper. An easy Mediterranean diet recipe. Find it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Early Harvest by The Mediterranean Dish

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Simple Mediterranean Olive Oil Pasta | The Mediterranean Dish. A favorite and super light pasta dish where the sauce is quality extra virgin olive oil with garlic. Adding parsley, tomatoes and couple more Mediterranean flavors makes this dish the perfect lunch, side, or even light supper. An easy Mediterranean diet recipe. Find it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

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  1. New to a serious try of the Mediterranean way of cooking and eating Your you tube channel and this website have become my favorite sites for recipes and techniques. Thank you so much. And your personality is delightful!! Unfailingly good humored and enthusiastic. Best sakes person ever for this very healthy way of life.

  2. This was absolutely incredible! I followed the recipe exactly and just left out the red pepper flakes. Thank you!

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe—I absolutely love it and make it quite often! I usually pan fry chicken breast pieces (highly spiced) and include in this dish. I also put in a few little tweaks of my own. If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, you NEED to! It’s yummy!

  4. This is a delicious and colorful meal.! It’s easy to make.‘I will make this again.

  5. Can I cook the pasta n advance and add to sauce when ready for dinner? Thinking of this as a side for Christmas Eve.

  6. This is so good. Very similar to something I regularly make at home, but it’s always nice to taste someone else’s version and this is delightful. I can’t quit eating it, it’s delicious as left overs too!

    I paired it with your shrimp skewers and our family loved it!

  7. Oh, my word!! SO yummy...added some diced fresh moz instead of feta. This will be a HUGE fave in our house for years to come!

  8. I just made this and it was absolutely incredible! One of the best pastas I've ever made in my life. I added a bit of pan fried salmon that I shredded up for some extra protein. Thank you

  9. Hi Suzy,
    We loved this! The flavors where amazing and it came together so quickly. We made your grilled shrimp kabobs and served the shrimp on top. It was a fabulous dinner and all came together in less than 30 minutes. Perfect weeknight dinner.

  10. Hi, Suzy!
    I love this pasta dish! I made it today and three in some leftover New Orleans style boiled shrimp. It was AMAZING!!! I love all your recipes and am eating so well! I prefer to eat the recipes from your site and the featured books than eating anything else. Keep up the great work!

  11. I love this recipe!!! I was wondering if I could add some leftover boiled shrimp to this for protein?