I've got a fantastic pasta recipe to share with you today. It's simple to make and packed with flavor. Also, it's highly customizable. In addition to shiitake mushrooms, Kalamata olives, and artichokes you can throw in some Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and mini mozzarella balls. Or you can add some other ingredients you love that will pair well with this. Pesto pasta with olives, mushrooms and artichokes is a flavor bomb and you're going to love it.
The Pesto: Store Bought or Make Your Own - Your Choice
I love basil. Anyone else? Pesto is one of those ingredients where if you have the time, going homemade is incredibly satisfying. I love fresh summer basil, so I find myself preparing it homemade throughout that season. In the winter, not so much. But rest assured if you are looking to make the pesto at home, I've got you covered with this delicious pesto recipe. If not, store bought works too and is also pretty awesome. I went with store bought for this recipe because I simply didn't have time to make it.
This Pesto Pasta is Highly Customizable: Add All Your Favorites!
Whether your pesto is homemade or store bought, the pesto is one of the stars of this dish for sure. Add in some chopped Kalamata olives, shiitake mushrooms and artichokes and you'll be gobbling this up for days. I love this dish because it is so customizable. I give you ingredient amounts in the recipe card below, but it's really up to you and your taste preferences.
If you want more pesto - add it! I prefer a lighter coating of pesto, but that's me. Crazy about mushrooms - double up on it if it makes you happy. The core ingredients are the pesto, olives, shiitake mushrooms and artichokes. To enhance those flavors I added garlic and onions, of course. I came late to the olive game, so I'm still in the honeymoon phase when it comes to eating them. And Kalamata olives can simply do no wrong in my eyes right now.
Since I am a food blogger, I usually have a wide assortment of ingredients lying around. You can add a lot of different tasties to this dish.
Ideas for Add-ons to Customize Your Pesto Pasta:
- Toasted pine nuts. Heat in a pan on low heat for about 5 minutes and stir a few times until golden brown. Let cool before consuming.
- Sun dried tomatoes. Straight from the jar with a little of that awesome oil it sits in. This one is my favorite.
- Shaker Parmesan cheese to toss with the pasta.
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese to top the pasta before serving (you know I love doing this with my pasta).
- Mini mozzarella balls, cuz they're so cute and delicious.
- Sautéed eggplant.
Craving More Carbolicious Pasta Dishes? I Understand Completely!
- Chicken & Broccoli Penne Pasta w/Garlic White Wine Sauce
- Chicken Bacon Pasta (emphasis on BACON!)
- The Ultimate Spaghetti Lasagna
- Pan Seared Sea Scallops w/Basil Brown Butter, Asparagus & Farfalle
- Dan Dan Noodles (dandanmian)
- Swiss Chard Pasta w/Lemony Breadcrumbs & Bacon Bits
- Mie Goreng: Indonesian Fried Noodles w/Rotisserie Chicken
Pasta is an excellent option for those of us who have busy lives and need to take a few shortcuts. And the options for pasta seem endless, right? Pick your favorite flavors and toss with a bunch of linguine, spaghetti, or ziti. I will say that the combination of the pesto and the kalamata olives, for me, is a match match made in culinary heaven. This dish is a flavor bomb and it also reheats very well if you want to take this for lunches a couple of days.
I do tend to cook with leftovers in mind because I often think: if I'm already making this dinner, I might as well make just a little more. Then I have lunches ready-to-go and don't have to buy expensive take-out.
I hope you give this one a try and enjoy it as much as I do. I know life gets crazy, but it is important to cook and eat delicious food if you can. It gives us the chance to sit around a table and touch base with our loved ones. To break bread and talk and listen. It's a simple pleasure that can bring a lot of happiness.Print