Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Linguine with olives, thyme and lemon

Linguine with olives, thyme and lemon

Some people hate Martha, but I’m one of those who love her. :)

I got this recipe from her website; the original version calls for pappardelle, but I chose to use linguine (one of my favorite pasta shapes). I think the substitution worked well.

It is a quick, easy to put together sauce and it smells wonderful, but one thing that didn’t please me much was finding large pieces of zest in my pasta – as much as I love lemons and oranges, I’m sure that the result would have been a lot better if grated zest had been used instead of chopped.


This is my entry for the Weekend Herb Blogging, this time hosted by the adorable Anh, of Food Lover’s Journey.

Linguine with olives, thyme and lemon

½ teaspoon coarse salt– I used sea salt
225g (8 oz) linguine
16 Kalamata olives, pitted
½ 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 piece orange zest, coarsely chopped
¼ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the linguine, and cook until pasta is al dente, following label directions. Drain in a colander.
While pasta is cooking, combine salt, 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.
Add pasta, and toss to combine.
Serve immediately.

Serves 2, or 4 to 6 as an appetizer


Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

ohh..Saint Martha protector of wedding planners! I adore her.
thank for the recipe so tasty!

Anonymous said...

This looks like it has heaps of flavour Patricia!

Peter M said...

Here's my take on Martha, she knows her stuff, features great home, garden and food ideas but I wouldn't want her over for dinner.

You Patricia, on the other hand would be most welcome and I'd make this pasta for you!

Nic said...

This is my kind of pasta, quick and delicious. I'm with you on the lemon zest - can't bear big lumps of it!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Ooooh, I have lemon thyme in my garden already -- would be perfect with this dish!

Elly said...

This sounds SO good. Just so simple and light and no doubt delicious. Yum. I actually had tickets to see MS last week but it fell on a day I had already planned to go out of town to visit family. Doh!

Aimée said...

Hooray! Another Martha lover! Spiffy looking pasta--perfect for spring.

Anonymous said...

I love Martha too! So I know this dish is wonderful! Thanks for sharing and glad I found another Martha friend.

Mandy said...

I love Martha too, Patricia. :)This pasta would be perfect for our vegetarian night.

Anonymous said...

Hhmm, linguine is one of my favorites too!


Susan from Food Blogga said...

Lemon and thyme are beautiful together, and I especially love the addition of the chopped orange zest. Mmm... this must be one deliciously tangy pasta dish!

LyB said...

Patricia, your dish looks way better than the one on that site! :) I'm not a big fan of olives, but the rest of the dish sounds divine, I'll have to think of a substitution!

Anonymous said...

Yumm! Linguine is one of my favourites as well. This looks like a great weeknight meal.

test it comm said...

This pasta sounds simple and tasty!

eatme_delicious said...

I love Martha recipes! Though I haven't tried many of her non baked good recipes. This pasta looks delicious though.

Katerina said...

This looks great, but I think I agree with you zest might have better texture.

Manggy said...

Simple and beautiful! Olives + lemon + thyme = a winning combination :)

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pam said...

I love Martha! And this looks tasty!

Anonymous said...

That's an interesting idea using the orange zest! I've never tried pasta with orange zest, only lemon zest.

Anonymous said...

this is a great recipe! orange zest sounds like an interesting addition.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Silvia, she has some amazing ideas for weddings, you are right!

Peter, it does!

Pete, I should be so lucky to have dinner at your place - tks, my friend!

Nic, next time I'll use my microplane zester. :)

Lydia, that sounds amazing!

Elly, I hope you don't miss it next time! :)

Aimée, tks, darling!

Cathy, she's amazing, I'm a huge fan! :)

Mandy, I hope you like it, sweetie.

Gay, tks for stopping by!

Susan, very tangy, indeed!

LyB, that is absolutely flattering, my dear - your comment made my day! ;)

Marc, thank you!

Kevin, very simple and quick.

Ashley, her recipes are great, aren't they?

Katerina, you're right.

Mark, olives are great with anything. :)

Pam, tks, darling!

Lorraine, it was my first time having orange zest with pasta too.

Farida, very interesting!

Peabody said...

Another flavorful pasta from you!

Emily said...

Yum! I love all of those flavors. This is pretty affordable, too.

Julie said...

What a simply delicious dish loaded with flavor, looks terrific Patricia.

Deborah said...

You always have the most simple, yet tasty sounding pasta recipes!

RecipeGirl said...

It does sound incredibly lovely, and I agree... grated zest would be much better in a pasta!

Anonymous said...

I like pasta with lemon, something refreshing. The addition of thyme sounds great.

Anh said...

*hugs* So long time I haven't been able to visit your blog. Have been missing you :)

Marianna said...

One word: delicious!! And yes I agree, I can only imagine that grated zest must have been a good way to enhance the taste! It's a bit odd that someone as well known as Martha can propose a recipe with pieces of chopped zest inside? I don't think I would enjoy chewing on that neither...

tigerfish said...

I've done lemon linguine before. Very refreshing. Adding new herb sounds a good idea. I had cilantro added into my lemon linguine the last time.
Came from WHB round up :)

Kalyn Denny said...

I agree about linguini, it's a great pasta shape, and also agree about the grated zest. I think this sounds very unique and delicious!

Mrs Ergül said...

I'm gonna make this for a quick weekday dinner! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic! consider it stolen! =)

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