Recipe For Mediterranean Pasta

There is something about the sea that draws me to it. We live 500m from the beach, and if we go away in South Africa, we usually go to a coastal town along the Garden Route. We have explored the beaches from right up the West Coast all the way along to Natal. My favourite stop is the Wilderness, where the sea really sings and the dolphins play. Our April holiday is always spent going to Europe. We are doing one city at a time, exploring and getting to see the ancient buildings and ruins. We have been to many interesting cities, but each visit is punctuated by a trip to the sea. We have explored the Mediterranean from the west coast to the east coast of Italy and come very close to it in France. We have made sure to take a day out when in Rome to head to the sea, and spent an entire holiday up and down the coastal region of Brittany. This pasta is inspired from the regional products of these areas and Spain – a country still on our list of places to go.

"Mediterranean Pasta"
Mediterranean Pasta

Recipe For Mediterranean Pasta
 
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Ingredients
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • ½ red pepper, sliced
  • 50g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Spanish sausage, cut in half and sliced
  • 80mls stock
  • 10 olives, stoned and cut in half
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • 30mls cream
  • grated Parmesan and micro basil leaves for garnishing
Method
  1. while your pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan
  2. sauté the onion and the garlic until soft
  3. add the red pepper and the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft
  4. add the red pepper and the stock and allow the stock to simmer
  5. add the olives and season to taste
  6. stir in the cream and toss the pasta in the sauce
  7. serve with a generous grating of Parmesan cheese and the basil

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I am submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by Alisha of Cook.Craft.Enjoy

Tandy

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26 thoughts on “Recipe For Mediterranean Pasta

  1. I never use the term “To Die For”, But, this dish certainly looks like something to “Live For”…Lovely. When you say Spanish Sausage? Are we talking Chorizo? As here we have access to a lot of Mexican Chorizo, which, is totally different from Spanish Chorizo, and I sort of need to know what type Spanish Sausage, as I would likely be making my own. I’m sure this dish would be great with most any sausage, but, Mexican Chorizo is not a good substitute for recipes calling for Spanish Chorizo. Bless You
    paul

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    1. Hi Paul, one would need a paprika heavy sausage for this meal – I am not sure what is in a Mexican chorizo, but if the sausage is pork based with paprika then it will work. Have a great weekend Tandy 🙂

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  2. This is a kind of pasta dish that we eat a lot. Easy yet so tasty & very Belgian too! 🙂

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    1. easy and tasty are always winners 🙂

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  3. Delicious. I can just use french chippolatas!!!

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    1. I love the access to ingredients you have!

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  4. Oh I LOVE the flavours here! Hubby would go nuts for this as he is a pasta fiend!

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    1. will have to send you a virtual bowl once a week 🙂

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  5. If there’s pasta in the title of a post, I’m all excited!! This is a wonderful combination using the sausage and olives….not to mention cream! All my favorites for a big comforting pasta bowl!

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    1. I could eat pasta every day 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful pasta dish, Tandy! Some of my favorite ingredients. Your April trip sounds like a blast…can’t wait to hear all about it!

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    1. thanks Caroline – this year I aim to get my holiday story written straight away 🙂

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  7. Nice trips Tandy and the pasta looks great…perfect for a weekday dinner.
    Have a great week 🙂

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    1. thanks you Juliana, and you too 🙂

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  8. The place you live sounds beautiful. This recipe looks great too.

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    1. it is very beautiful Greg 🙂

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  9. I love Mediterannean flavors and ingredients. They make such simple but delicious pasta sauces. I’m jealous of your fabulous yearly European vacation!

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    1. We love seeing new places and are fortunate now that the children are nearly independent that we can afford this 🙂

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      1. Sound like my parents! I moved out, and since then they’ve gone on one big international trip a year (and few smaller in-country ones). Can’t wait ’til I’m retired 🙂

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        1. we are never going to retire – we need to work to go away!

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  10. Looks delicious, Tandy. Spain and Morocco are definitely such interesting places for a foodie like yourself to visit.

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    1. they are on the ever growing list 🙂

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  11. Your trips sound wonderful, as does the pasta. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

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    1. thank you Ruth 🙂

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  12. We had a lovely holiday in Spain a few years ago, gee not long till you are off on your travels!

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    1. still 3 and a half months Sue! I want to go to Spain and Morocco at the same time if possible 🙂

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