Pappardelle Pasta with Artichokes and Olives

by simplylife on March 24, 2014

We all need quick dinner ideas ready to go in our back-pocket.  The ones that don’t require measuring cups or an entire afternoon spent in the kitchen and still taste great.


When it comes to quick dinners, I typically resort to pasta.  All it requires is a pot of boiling water.  Mix it with just about any leftover cheese and a few toppings lying around in your pantry or fridge, and you have yourself a meal.


This was one of those dinners that came together in a jiffy, was an unplanned mix of ingredients found throughout the kitchen, and tasted like I had spent hours preparing.  Using pappardelle pasta takes this to an entirely new level, while not requiring any extra prep-time. Win-win.

No measuring spoons required (eye-balling ingredients is really the best way to go here).  Everything can be cooked and ready to go by the time the pasta is ready.  And all the leftover ingredients make perfect pizza toppings for later in the week. 😉

Pappardelle Pasta with Artichokes and Olives

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side vegetarian artichokes olives pasta Mediterranean Italian

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 5 ounces egg pappardelle pasta
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and artichoke hearts and cook 2-3 minutes, until artichokes are warmed through.

2. Drain pasta and mix into skillet. Add olives, goat cheese and red pepper flakes and toss gently. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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  • itzyskitchen

    Yum!!!! I love adding lemon, parm and artichokes!!!

  • Colleen

    Looks great! Pappardelle pasta is always fun.
    I love adding any veggies I have on hand to pasta! And cheese too, of course 🙂

  • Jolene (

    I used to add olive oil, feta cheese and Italian spice mixture to really penne. Haven’t had that in ages though!

  • Megan

    This sounds amazing. Just pinned it. I mix just about anything with pasta. Chicken sausage and Italian sausage are usually my go-tos and then lots of vegetables.

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    This is my kind of meal! I love all these mixins – artichoke, goat cheese, olives…all my favorites! Unfortunately the.boy hates all of those…but more for me!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    I do love me some pasta, especially with that crumbled goats cheese 😀
    Delicious exotic idea!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love olives and cheese in pasta (well I love olives and cheese period – with or without the pasta!) 😉 I often go to pasta for quick meals, too. It’s so versatile.

  • Daniela

    Mmh, this pasta has all my fav ingredients and looks so inviting.
    Would love to have a try right now 🙂

  • Bianca Garcia

    I like super simple pasta dishes too. One of my favorite pasta preparations is aglio olio – just some anchovies, garlic, olive oil and chili pepper flakes. It’s delicious!

    • Simply Life

      I really want to try anchovies! Don’t know why they still intimidate me so much?! 🙂


    Simple and delicious. My husband loves olives and artichokes so I know that this would win big in his book. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Del Mar Dentist

    Nice! This looks so delicious. I will definitely try this. Can I use vegetable oil instead of olive oil?

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