Queen Heather’s Olive Pasta Sauce

Olive Pasta SauceAfter the hubbub of the holidays, sitting down to a simple no-fuss meal with fine friends is the perfect way to wind down and wean ourselves away from the quantities of elaborate foodstuffs that mark most festive menus. Recently, one of our Kitchenettes, Heather, had us over for a light and tasty meal that was the the perfect encore to weeks of fussy holiday food.

Heather is kind of the Queen of creating simple, elegant meals. She served up a simple pasta appetizer, followed by a main of fresh-caught poached Fraser River salmon and salad.  What I love about this particular dish is that it can easily be served as a vegetarian main, or the warm olives could be served as a side or an hors d’oeuvre. Heather served it as a sauce over penne. An extra bonus is that the ingredients can likely be found in your pantry. Seriously, go look.

This is one of those recipes that was cut out of a magazine and tucked away, so we can’t quote the source. She adapted the recipe anyway, so I’m calling it Queen Heather’s Olive Pasta Sauce. If you know the source, let us know. Meantime, enjoy!

  • 3 tbsp good quality olive oil – plus 2 or 3 tbsp to drizzle over at the end
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 bunch green onions, roots removed, sliced
  • 2 large cans whole tomatoes
  • a pinch of red chili flakes
  • 2 cups whole green olives

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat – add garlic and green onions and saute until onions are soft. Crush the whole tomatoes in your hand and add to pan along with the tomato juice. Add red chili flakes.  Let simmer for 1/2 hour or more. In the last 10 minutes before serving add olives and heat through. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over sauce just before serving.

Thanks, Heather!

 Kitchenette Heather

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I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.

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