Easy to make, and guaranteed to impress, this light, zingy pasta dish is absolutely bursting with flavour - and it’s ready in just 15 minutes! Capers are a (not so well kept) secret in Mediterranean cooking, known for adding punch and delight to all kinds of dishes. Here, they add little hits of flavour and liven up a simple pasta dish. You can enjoy it with whatever pasta is the favourite in your house. The corkscrew shape of fusilli gives the pesto plenty of places to cling on to, whilst lengthy pastas, such a linguini, fettucini, and even the staple spaghetti, work really well too. For the pesto, you can use store-bought jars (it’s a great ingredient to keep in the cupboard for Mediterranean cooking). Or if you have the time, home-made pesto is quick and easy to make. You only need a few ingredients - pine nuts, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves and olive oil. Once made, it keeps for around a week in the fridge or can even be frozen. Now there’s a reason to make a big batch! This recipe uses our classic Stoneless Hojiblanca Green Olives. They have the perfect firmness of bite to work here, adding texture as well as that unmistakable Hojiblanca olive flavour. You could experiment with adding marinated olives, such as those we marinate in olive oil, garlic and thyme. Although for a quick and easy recipe, the classic simplicity of the original olive is enough to add plenty of flavour. Olives are one of the most versatile ingredients around. It’s just another thing we love about them! The same goes for this dish. It’s so simple to make (taking just 15 minutes) that it’s perfect for a light lunch or as a quick evening meal. Yet it’s tasty enough to serve up to family and friends. If you did want to make it into a heartier dish, serve with grilled chicken or a side of bruschetta.
Recipe by Nicola Family Kitchen