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Three Olive Puttanesca Pasta with Meatballs

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Well, if you didn’t know that I have a severe affinity for olives…

You do now.
Three Olive Puttanesca Pasta with MeatballsI’ve always loved green olives; especially paired with really sharp cheese. If you don’t understand, then I get it, but I grew up on these things and they’re staples in my kitchen.

I have a different love for black olives, Kalamata, and now I am deeply in love with Castaveltrano olives.

Deep, deep in love. I mean, seriously, I think I might be their bitch.

Look, I love flavor. Especially flavors that stand out.  Flavors that scream, yell and jump up and down in your mouth.
Three Olive Puttanesca Pasta with MeatballsThese pretty little things do that. I made meatballs for this, and it didn’t even need it.IMGP6551Now, here’s where I test your olive knowledge.

Ever had a Castelvatrano???

Didn’t think so. I hadn’t either until a week ago. They’re Italian olives, and they’re amazing.

And, no, this isn’t a sponsored post. I simply fell in love with them at first bite. Castelvatrano olives are kinda, sorta like green olives but with a little more bite, a little more “snap”, if you will.

Taste wise, they’re definitely more along the lines of green olives as far as taste as opposed to black olives, but they stand on their own. They’re just different. Along with them, I included black olives and green Spanish olives for max olive taste.

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Three Olive Puttanesca Pasta with Meatballs

Three Olive Puttanesca Pasta with Meatballs


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp refrigerated minced garlic
  • (2) 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup red wine (like Shiraz)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Castelvetrano olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 lb. vermicelli pasta, cooked and drained
  • Meatballs (frozen or make your own)
  • More olives for serving
  • More Parmesan cheese for serving


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat and add garlic, sauteeing just until fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes through olives, stir and adjust to taste.
  • Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Toss sauce with vermicelli and meatballs.
  • Top with more olives and cheese.
  • Serve.
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  • [email protected] is How I Cook
    March 4, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    I hated olives as a child, but probably because they were the canned version! I have no doubt I would love this!

  • Shea
    March 4, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Thanks, Abbe!

  • Agness of Run Agness Run
    March 3, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    I love Italian cuisine and this meal is just perfect, Shea! Keep posting more delicious recipes!

  • Shea
    March 4, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Thanks so much!

  • ally
    March 2, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    You just know I love your creations and your style. You have such an eye for color and texture! Love love…and the olives…well, my weakness! xo

  • Shea
    March 4, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Thank you Ally 🙂

  • Caroline
    March 1, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    Looks so pretty, and I agree you hardly need the meatballs but hey, why not. If you love olives, try hunting down some arbequina – they are little Spanish olives and have a lovely flavor, even if you don’t get as much to eat for your olive as many others.

  • Shea
    March 4, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Good to know, Caroline! Thanks 🙂

  • Lynn Elliott Vining
    March 1, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Oooooh! I love, love, love olives! I have to try making this one!

  • Shea
    March 1, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Thank you, Lynn. I’ll be making it on a regular basis.

  • Doreen Simpson
    March 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    We call it tart’s pasta here in the UK …just delicious and packed with amazing flavours ♥

  • Shea
    March 1, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    I just looked that up – good to know, Doreen! Thank you, and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Ann -- The Fountain Avenue Kitchen
    March 1, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    I love the variety of olives. I bet the flavor is incredible!

  • Shea
    March 1, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    It is incredible – I can never get enough when it comes to olives. Thanks, Ann!

  • Adam J. Holland
    February 25, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    I love anything that translates to “sauce of the whores.” But seriously, this looks divine. Digging the olives.

  • Shea
    March 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    LOL – Adam, you’re a hot mess. Thanks for your kind words.

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