Spaghetti in Red Sauce with Mixed Olives

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

Simple, Italian, comfort food! This recipe is great for a quick, weeknight meal. And makes great leftovers!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat oil.
  4. Next, add olives and red pepper flakes.
  5. Saute for 3 minutes over medium high heat.
  6. Reduce heat to low, add tomato sauce, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Drain pasta in a colander, reserving about 1/4 cup pasta water.
  8. Add pasta to the sauce and toss to coat completely.
  9. Add some pasta water if you need to thin out the sauce a bit.
  10. Slide pasta into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil.
Most Helpful

I made this recipe using "simple tomato sauce" from a cooking channel chef. It was excellent. My husband said to make it again. The only change I made was to add capers and to use black olives. Since husband likes black olives only.

Diane S June 15, 2010

This was spaghetti as I love to eat it - saucy, but not overly so, intensely-flavoured, easy to make. A hit at my home and already transferred to my keeper file. Thanks Becky!

evelyn/athens October 22, 2003