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Black Olive and Bell Pepper Pasta

If I have extra vegetables in the refrigerator I add them to this dish. I like to add green beans, squash, spinach, tomatoes, roasted vegetables, etc. If I don’t have black olives I use whatever olives I have on hand. 

Another great thing to add is beans. Andrew and I like chick peas they add a lot of protein and fiber. This also extends the recipe to 6 servings. 

I have a collection of taste of home cook books and really enjoyed this simple recipe. You can also find it on the Taste of Home web site. 

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If you have ZERO ingredients this recipe will cost about $16.39 as of December 2022. 

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $9.17.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving Size: 1 ~ 1/4 cup

Equipment needed: 1 pot for pasta and 1 deep sauté pan.

Cook time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will have a savings of about $7.22.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.22 as of December 2022

  • olive oil $2.88
  • dried oregano $1.00
  • cayenne pepper $3.34


Total: $9.17 as of December 2022

  • 1 box penne pasta 16 oz $0.98
  • 1 onion $0.78
  • 1 bulb garlic $0.67
  • 1 sweet pepper $1.38
  • 1 green pepper $0.82
  • 1 can ripe olives $1.66
  • 1 tub feta cheese $2.88

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Put on a pot of water to boil for pasta. Add salt and cook pasta to al dente.

  2. While the pasta is cooking heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a deep skillet.

  3. Add peppers and onion for 3 – 5 minutes until onions are soft. 

  4. Add garlic for 1 minute

  5. Add and stir well: 

    • olives

    • spices

    • 1/4 cup pasta water 

  6. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes then using a spider strainer remove pasta from boiling water and add it to the pepper mixture. 
  7. Turn off heat and stir in cheese. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 7 – Family of 2

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