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    Nocellara olive gremolata spaghetti

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 8 minutes to 10 minutes
    • Total time: 18 minutes to 20 minutes 20 minutes

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients

    150g wholewheat spaghetti
    2 x 25g packs flat leaf parsley
    100g Nocellara olives 
    Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon, juice of ½
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    175g mixed colour, size and shape tomatoes, sliced
    ½ small red onion, sliced 

    Method

    1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for 8-10 minutes, until al dente.

    2. Meanwhile, finely chop the parsley, stalks and leaves. Crush the olives by pushing down on them with the flat side of a large knife. Discard the stones. Tip the parsley and olives into a mixing bowl, then add the finely grated zest from the lemon and just half of its juice, plus the garlic, chilli (to taste) and 3 tsp oil.

    3. Drain the pasta, reserving a mugful of water. Return to the pan and add the olive mixture, tossing until well combined. Add a little cooking water to loosen, if needed. Season with just a pinch of salt – you won’t need a lot because the olives are already salty. Sprinkle with extra chilli, if liked. Drizzle the remaining oil and a little lemon juice over the tomatoes and red onion, and serve as a side salad with the pasta.

    Cook’s tip These Sicilian olives have a mild, buttery flavour and firm texture, making them perfect in this recipe. However, you could try substituting them for other green olives if you have them.
     

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