Spaghetti con Olive e Limone {Spaghetti with Olives and Lemon}


Spaghetti with Olives & Lemon

Spring has SPRUNG! As it’s getting warmer and we’re spending more and more time relaxing and soaking up the sun {ehem okay that’s what I wish I was doing. Instead I’m busy running around like crazy is more like it} I find dinner time is sneaking up on me and I’m not as prepared as I’d like to be. SO what’s a girl to do…throw together a quick and simple pasta dish of course  ; )

Spaghetti with Olives & Lemon

I said quick and simple and I didn’t exaggerate. This is a 10 minute or less dish. That’s right ; ) All you do is cook the pasta {al dente please, nothing worse than a mushy overcooked noodle ; ) } and then add in the luscious lemon juice, meaty olives, a couple of glugs of golden olive oil, herbs and guess what you’re DONE. Dinner is served ; )

Spaghetti with Olives & Lemon
You probably have everything you need for this already in your pantry/fridge. And if you served it out of the pot you made it in, it’s a ONE POT WONDER {dishwashing hater here}, hey I can’t be the only one who serves out of the pots/pans now can I ; )



Spaghetti con Olive e Limone {Spaghetti with Olives and Lemon}
What you’ll need:
1 pound spaghetti
1 cup black olives – pitted, halved
juice of 1 fresh lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
handful fresh basil – roughly chopped/torn

What to do:
1. Place a large pot of salted water onto boil. Cook spaghetti until al dente. Drain, transfer to serving dish.

2. Add olives, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Garnish with basil leaves.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    This looks delicious, both the dish and the photographs. We just made a batch of whole wheat and quinoa spaghetti and will try this for lunch.


  2. 2
    Nicole /


  3. 3

    Love the dish and the photos. This is a great dish to put together when you don’t have a lot of time.

  4. 4
    Allison Z /

    I LOVE lemons, and will definitely be trying this recipe out! Thank you for sharing.

  5. 5

    Such a lovely spring recipe, and I DO have everything in my pantry/fridge for this one!
    – Brittany

  6. 6

    This is my go-to pasta dish! It’s so delicious!

    By the way, I’m in love with that black and white bowl in your photo! World Market??

    • 6.1

      Tee hee, actually that was a Tar-jay purchase, last summer I believe. Set of 3 fabu black/white bowls. I’ve decided the blog needed some color ; )

  7. 7

    I’ve been looking for recipes with black olives as an ingredient lately and this looks yumm-eee! I have to admit I’m guilty too…I will serve out of the stovetop pans anytime I get a chance. LOL!

  8. 8

    Simple and delicious! Looks fabulous, Paula!

  9. 9

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  10. 10

    This is one of my most favorite dishes if I am the one doing the cooking, I always throw in fresh basil too! Your photos are always so gorgeous……

  11. 11

    Paula it looks beautiful. Simple perfection.

    Your photos, and recipes, are always so extremely inspiring to me!

  12. 12

    sounds like a great dinner, wonderful photos

    Thanks for sharing

  13. 13

    Yes, indeed, just the kind of thing that I love to whip up when I’ve haven’t got much time or energy to cook! Simple but tasty.

  14. 14

    What more do you need than good olive oil and good olives? This pasta dish shows you can making something wonderful with simple, quality ingredients. Lovely, Paula!

  15. 15

    You had me at olives and when you said I could serve it out of the pot! I’m having this for lunch tomorrow! Ps.. love the bowls {I have a set too!} 🙂

  16. 16

    One of our favorites, had tried so many recipes in my time, this one is about as perfect as it gets, we make it the same way just love the olives! We use three different kinds…… lovely presentation here!

  17. 17

    one word . . . heaven . . . in a bowl . . . ok, so that was four words . . . on a plate . . . seven words . . . in my tummy . . . 10 words . . . very, very happy . . . 13 words

  18. 18

    I think you are right!! This is a perfect dish for when you are on the go…which seems to be more and more lately. Simplicity with fresh ingredients, what more could a person ask for. Have a great weekend- Paulie

  19. 19

    Oh my goodness I need this for lunch today! Simply fresh and delicious.

  20. 20

    I am only cooking for myself tonight and this is what I need to make! Beautiful!

  21. 21

    Looks fab!! I’m thinking I need to pump up the color on my blog too! I love the photos! So great.

  22. 22

    Love, love, love this. Just the sort of thing I throw together for myself when I have the ingredients around. So delicious!

  23. 23

    I love fresh and simple dinners like this! Great idea 🙂

  24. 24

    Thanks Paula! This looks like such a simple and lovely dish:) Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m allergic to gluten, so all I need to do for this recipe is to use a gluten-free pasta:)

    • 24.1

      Thanks Kayla! My son is gluten intolerant so we keep lots of gluten free pastas in the house and just swap his out as well : )

  25. 25

    you should label your dishes vegan, if they are (like this one). i think it would attract a lot of people! 🙂 Trust me, us vegans are always looking for something new to try!

  26. 26

    Simple and refreshing recipe. I am always looking for ways to spruce up pasta with quality ingredients 🙂

  27. 27

    This looks light and fresh, yet satisfying. Delicious!

  28. 28

    Such a beautiful bowl of sunny pasta. You twirl that spaghetti perfectly in the plate. Paula, you have inspired me to go shopping for beautiful briny olives 🙂 xo

  29. 29

    beautiful pictures! this dish looks deelish, can’t wait to try it!

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    Kassie /

    This recipe is sooooo simple and that’s why I love it! I add a few chili flakes for an extra nip- Kassie


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