Penne with Olives {Penne con Olive}


Did you know that October was National Pasta Month! Not that I need an excuse to make pasta or anything ; )  But since it is we should be celebrating! Today we’ve whipped up an oldie but goodie. A favorite from my childhood. Penne con Olive is simply Penne Pasta in a creamy tomato and olive sauce. The kicker in the sauce, Greek yogurt! I love a touch of tang. 

We’ve been focusing on OLIVES in our cucina. This is the second installment in our Lindsay Olives series. In the first we made CHICKEN WITH OLIVES. We’re continuing our love of LARGE BLACK PITTED OLIVES by adding them to a simple, creamy, tomato sauce.

It’s quick, easy and you probably have everything on hand to make this. Feel free to substitute any short pasta for the penne {a Ziti would be fantastic}!


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Lindsay Olives. The opinions are my own. Always have been, always will be.


Penne with Olives {Penne con Olive}
What you’ll need:
1 pound penne pasta
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
14.5 ounces tomatoes – crushed
1 tablespoon fresh basil – roughly chopped
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Lindsay Olives California Ripe Pitted Black Olives – sliced

What to do:
1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling add pasta. Cook until al dente. Before draining reserve 1/4 cup pasta water to use if needed. Drain.

2. WHILE pasta is cooking. Into a medium saute pan add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, basil. Cook for approximately 10 minutes. Stir as necessary. Remove pan from heat. Add yogurt. Stir to combine.

3. Transfer drained pasta to saute pan. Toss to combine and coat. Add olives. Garnish with additional basil if desired.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    this is going to the top of the must-make-next list. yum! lucky my husband’s not a fan of olives, so more for me! 🙂

  2. 2

    can I dive into those photos right now? love the salt container.

  3. 3

    Gorgeous photography, Paula, and I may have to start eating olives now. 🙂

  4. 4

    I’m such a fan of olives! This sounds right up my alley 🙂

  5. 5

    You don’t know how happy you’ve made my eyeballs.

    And my heart.

    And soon, my stomach.

  6. 6

    I’m swooning over the photos right now! How could I NOT make this after seeing them? Making my grocery list now…

  7. 7

    This sounds so yummy!

  8. 8

    The photos alone make me want to eat this now~Puttanesca..move over.

  9. 9

    Beautiful photo’s & beautiful recipe. Yum!

  10. 10

    We’ve always loved adding black olives to our marinara. They are not only delicious but the boys love putting them on their fingers of course 🙂

  11. 11

    I just found out that it’s national pasta month. They think of a month for everything. I love this. Olives are my favorite!

  12. 12

    gorgeous! i love olives. guess i need to add this to the meal list soon 🙂

  13. 13

    Making this tonight! As in, in 25 minutes!

  14. 14

    Paula I was admiring this photo shoot on Instagram. Such a great looking penne.

  15. 15

    Paula, what a sumptuous meal! The styling and the photography truly draws you in to the main dish. Job well done and I love your disclaimer!

  16. 16

    Simple. Beautiful. Delicious. Great pictures, Paula!

  17. 17

    Love how easy and light this pasta dish is!

  18. 18

    Paula, can I come live with you? Pretty Please???

  19. 19

    A perfect combination of flavours…lovely.

  20. 20

    A simply divine way to have a healthy meal and still get to enjoy wonderful flavors!

  21. 21

    Your photos are absolutely stunning!

  22. 22

    I could eat this every day!

  23. 23

    I made this tonight and it was so good! Also EXTREMELY easy. I had a hard time finding 14.5 Oz can of crushed tomatoes so I bought diced tomatoes already seasoned with oregano, garlic and basil. I added extra basil as well…definitely. Winning combo and easy weeknight meal! Grazie!

  24. 24

    The colors in your photos are so warm and drew me right in. As always, your photos are beautiful, but these colors really grabbed me.

  25. 25

    This looks delish. I love when olives get nice and warm in a pasta dish like this. The flavor is amazing – another wonderful sounding recipe!

  26. 27

    I love mixing olives with pasta

  27. 28
    KMM /

    Yummmooooo. Just one question… You list a can of crushed tomatoes but the tomato does not look crushed. I am assuming a can of tomatoes and crush them with your hands?

  28. 29

    What a delicious looking pasta! Yum!


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