Pappardelle Pasta With Olives, Thyme, and Lemon

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Chef Kate

Serves 2, or 4 to 6 as an appetizer The sauce for this pasta dish, designed by chef George Germon of Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Top Review by cookiedog

This gets a nice bite from the red pepper flakes. It has a very light sauce and the little pieces of zest give it a fresh taste. Next time I'll make sure to chop my zest a little smaller. Thanks Kate!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add salt and pappardelle, and cook until pasta is al dente, following label directions.
  3. Drain in a colander, reserving 1 cup cooking water (if you are using fresh pasta, it will cook in a very few moments, depending on thickness and freshness).
  4. While pasta is cooking, combine olives, parsley, olive oil, thyme, lemon zest, orange zest, and red-pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse until a chunky purée forms.
  5. Transfer to a warm serving bowl large enough to accommodate cooked pasta (or chop everything together until you achieve the same result by hand).
  6. Add pasta, and toss to combine.
  7. Add 1/4 cup cooking water, and toss to combine. Add more water if necessary; pappardelle has a tendency to absorb liquid quickly, so more water may be needed. The sauce should cling to ribbons of pasta but should not be dry.
  8. Serve immediately.

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