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Pasta with Olives, Goat Cheese and Garlic Chips

Pasta with Olives, Goat Cheese and Garlic Chips

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This is a super easy weeknight recipe for Pasta with Olives, Goat Cheese, and Garlic Chips.  When I don’t have much else in the house, I tend to resort back to this recipe as the ingredients are staples.  This use to be one of my go-to single girl meals as it is perfect for one or two.  Can you relate?  

Pasta with Olives, Goat Cheese and Garlic Chips

We had  leftover olives and goat cheese from our dinner with Stephen.  Instead of just eating them or tossing it out, I tucked them away in the fridge.  You know for a rainy day.  Last week we had a few late evenings  of work and then fitting in the gym, I kind of despise these late nights.  This recipe came in handy more than once.  Thank goodness for olives and goat cheese saved for a rainy day!

The olives were seasoned perfectly with fresh herbs and lemon zest, so all that was left was a tad bit more seasoning.  I love browned garlic over a fresh steamy bowl of pasta, so I decided to thinly slice some garlic to make garlic chips.  I gently cooked them with olive oil and a few red pepper flakes. 

While the garlic was cooking I cooked the pasta.  One the pasta was finished all I had to do was drain it, toss in the leftover olives and goat cheese, sprinkle the garlic chips over the top and give the dish a light drizzle of good olive oil.  There you have it a quick and easy, not to mention incredibly tasty dinner in under 20 minutes.      The combination of the tangy but creamy goat cheese went very well with the fresh lemon zest, the salty olives, and the spicy red pepper.  Just add a salad and possibly some bread and you are ready for dinner.

Next time you are tempted to toss those leftover olives and goat cheese, remember this quick recipe for pasta with olives, goat cheese and garlic chips.


Recipe:  Pasta with Olives, Goat Cheese, and Garlic Chips


  • 2 oz mixed olives
  • a handful of fresh herbs – we used rosemary and thyme
  • lemon zest
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pasta
  • good olive oil

How To:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions, reserve about 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and cook garlic with red pepper flakes until crispy and golden brown.
  3. Toss pasta with reserved cooking liquid, olives, goat cheese, herbs, crispy garlic and then drizzle over a small amount of good olive oil.
  4. Serve.
  5. Eat.
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Saturday 5th of September 2009

This looks delicious!


Monday 24th of August 2009

This looks yummy! I love anything with goat cheese and the idea of the garlic chips adds both interesting texture and flavor. Isn't it amazing what kinds of great pasta dishes can be created with just what's on hand in your kitchen?


Monday 24th of August 2009

What a great pasta dish! I am loving the garlic chips, great addition.