Spaghetti with Olive & Mint Pesto and Radicchio

This pasta is REALLY simple, fast, and delicious, too, just like most of Italian recipes. It perfectly combines the delicious flavours with balanced nutrition and since the sauce can be prepared ahead of time, this is ideal for those who haven't much time to cook, but are unwilling to compromise on a bottled sauce.
Adapted from Taste

  • 120 g Pitted green olives
  • 2 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch Mint, leaves picked
  • 1/2 bunch Flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan, plus extra shavings to serve
  • 100 ml Olive oil
  • Freshly mulled black pepper
  • 400 g Spaghetti
  • Some radicchio, shredded
  1. Rinse and drain olives, then pulse in a food processor with garlic, herbs, cheese and oil until roughly chopped, not smooth. Season with pepper.
  2. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water for about 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, then return pasta to pan.
  3. Add the pesto and shredded radicchio. Toss gently to combine. Serve with extra cheese shavings.


Foodness Gracious 6/7/11 06:05

I really like the colors in the dish especially from the radicchio. Good to see lots of shaved parmesan in there too, just what I like!
Great job and thanks for sharing!

Max 6/7/11 06:08

ottimi, uno spaghetto molto gustoso e ben strutturato...ciao.

Vimitha Anand 6/7/11 06:24

Yummy combination... Looks so gorgeous and colorful...

Au and Target 6/7/11 06:39

Nice to meet you. If you stuffed this with liver supplements, I think even Au would eat this :-)

Sharmilee! :) 6/7/11 06:44

Havent tasted spagetti...but looks very tempting

Torviewtoronto 6/7/11 06:49

colourful spaghetti looks wonderful
Torviewtoronto and Createwithmom

Treat and Trick 6/7/11 06:51

Great combo and nicely presented!

Anncoo 6/7/11 06:58

I just cooked spaghetti yesterday but yours look more flavorful. Yummy!

Jeannie 6/7/11 07:23

My family love pasta so I know this would go down well with them...looks so delicious!

Sutapa 6/7/11 07:44

Lovely colorful combo ....looks super delish!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 6/7/11 07:51

A beautiful spaghetti dish! What lovely flavors and great combination.



My Little Space 6/7/11 08:02

Hey, what a coincidence! I just had pesto pasta yeterday! haha... I think I am very much to pesto lately. Yours looks absolutely fabulous.
Hope you're having a great day, dear.

Lora 6/7/11 10:36

This looks like pasta heaven to me!

Anne 6/7/11 10:38

Angie...this is just beautiful! I love the idea of making that 'olive pesto'! More and more I am getting away from traditional red sauce with pasta! What a great twist! Definitely bookmarking this because I love cooking with olives! And again, your photography is just stunning! : )

Maris(In Good Taste) 6/7/11 11:17

This looks so inviting! Fabulous job!

sweetlife 6/7/11 12:23

great recipe, quick, easy and yummy are always a plus. thank you for sharing


bakerbynature 6/7/11 12:54

This is such a gorgeous blend of flavors, and I have a serious pasta addiction!

Peter M 6/7/11 12:56

This is one sexy looking pasta dish...the ribbons of radicchio really lift this pasta.

Barbara 6/7/11 13:14

That is one colorful plate of pasta, Angie. Love the idea of radicchio in it...I'm going to try that for sure.
Quick pasta dishes are the answer for busy days!

santosh 6/7/11 13:17

wonderful invitng colorful !!!!!!!!!!

Tina @flourtrader 6/7/11 13:36

Love the use of radicchio here. Really nice and light side dish. Thanks for sharing.

Faith 6/7/11 14:29

I have tons of fresh mint growing and I would love to try this pesto! Looks like a really flavorful dish of spaghetti!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 6/7/11 14:38

Lovely photos and pasta! This sounds like a wonderful, summery pasta dish.

Jenn 6/7/11 14:56

I adore any kind of pesto! This sounds (and looks) amazing!

Kelly 6/7/11 15:02

I literally gasped when I saw this - gorgeous!! The ingredients are so wonderful and I love the effect of the radicchio. Beautiful.

Jo 6/7/11 16:01

Wow, what a delicious looking pasta dish! It is not only pleasing to the eye and definitely to the tastebuds too!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 6/7/11 16:01

Delicious combination and so pretty on the plate!

Kumi 6/7/11 16:46

What a refreshing pesto idea! Love the colors, too.

Elisabeth 6/7/11 17:12

I sure would welcome that gorgeous pile of pasta with the mint, and olive pesto and the colorful bitter, yummy radicchio!

Angie, I don't mean to correct you, but you left the letter D out of radicchio!

Kelly 6/7/11 17:43

This looks soo delicious and the colors are gorgeous! Definitely saving this one in my favorites :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 6/7/11 19:05

Mmm you made pesto even better with the addition of olives! And I bet the bite of radicchio adds a nice edge to the pasta. Superb!

Priya 6/7/11 21:10

Wow flavourful and filling meal,simply inviting..

Desserts In My Kitchen 6/7/11 21:40

Yummy, this looks very refreshing. Very simple, and inviting.

Radhika@foodfor7stages 6/7/11 21:51

I have a packet of spaghetti and was wondering what to make. Now I have a recipe.

VS 6/7/11 21:56

Very inviting. Lovely pics and they are so good that you are making me crave for it.

Michael Toa 6/7/11 23:09

I love simple yet flavourful pasta dishes like this. This is very summery.

Anonymous 7/7/11 01:49

It looks amazing! I love the addition of radicchio. Your picture are incredible. I've happily buzzed it!

Devaki @ WATF 7/7/11 02:51

The colors are absolutely amazing with raddachio and pesto. What a brilliant combo Angie!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Lizzy 7/7/11 02:54

Stunning salad!!! Just lovely, Angie...I'd love a plate of it right now :)

Reeni 7/7/11 03:23

This is almost too pretty to eat Angie! I love the idea of a mint pesto - it's perfect!

Honey Bee Sweets 7/7/11 06:08

Oh wow, I'm trying to imagine all the wonderful flavors in this colorful plate of pasta! Slight bitter, cheesy, minty fresh and creamy.... mmm a gourmet symphony!

lena 7/7/11 10:03

i also just cooked some pasta with pesto and my first time making pesto. That radicchio brings colours to the pasta, gorgeous and a delicious combination!

Claudia 7/7/11 14:15

This is summer goodness - fast and fresh. I've never made pesto with mint and have a huge mint bush - so will be doing this. I love the colors - they tickle my eyes.

Premalatha Aravindhan 7/7/11 14:43

Wow minty flavour pesto!!!luks really delicious...

denise @ bread expectations 7/7/11 15:32

Bottled sauces really do suck :P The few times I've used them because I was lazy, they were so bland, I ended up adding so many things that I realised I would've been better off making one from scratch! Love the mint pesto and the ribbons of radicchio are so pretty. Fab pictures, as always :)

kitchen flavours 7/7/11 17:07

That is a beautiful plate of pasta. I could eat this each week!

girlichef 7/7/11 17:57

This looks so beautiful, elegant even with the little strips of radicchio woven through the noodles. And delicious, too :D

Erica 7/7/11 18:32

What a wonderful dish,Angie! Fantastic combination of flavors.

Jen H 7/7/11 18:48

Love the beautiful simplicity of Italian food and this dish is an excellent example. I often toss fresh arugula into my pastas but never thought of radicchio, I may have to try it!

Carolyn 7/7/11 19:13

Looks so simple and flavourful...a perfect summertime meal.

[Reply] 7/7/11 19:59

Great recipe..looks so delectable!!!

Anonymous 8/7/11 01:57

I love the simplicity of this recipe, and the olive/mint combo. How delicious! Your presentation is gorgeous too.

Holly 8/7/11 02:10

Mmmm can't beat homemade pesto! This sounds wonderful!

Desi 8/7/11 02:15

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Elin 8/7/11 04:21

Angie...I can imagine how good this is...shall be trying this out I think I will love the pesto. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely love this simple and easy to prepare pasta..great when you want something simple to do and yet delicious :)

noobcook 8/7/11 05:23

This is a really summer & cheery looking pasta... wish I could tuck in :)

Tiffany 8/7/11 16:45

This dish is STUNNING!

The Slow Roasted Italian 8/7/11 18:36

Wow, this looks amazing! I love the mint in there.

Roxana GreenGirl 8/7/11 22:52

Hi Angie,
Your spaghetti sound like a great dinner meal. Love the contrast between the radicchio and pesto :)

Lisa H. 9/7/11 01:57

Lovely flavours... light for hot summer days...

Anonymous 9/7/11 03:58

Angie - I don't see my I'll re-comment. Radicchio? GENIUS! I love it! As always, the pictures and post is stellar. You are SO talented!

Angie's Recipes 9/7/11 06:46

I do see your first comment, under "Michael Tao" before "Devaki".

Priscilla - She's Cookin' 10/7/11 07:40

I'm intrigued by the olive and mint pesto and the shredded radicchio adds beautiful color to this deliciously light summer pasta dish. Definitely a must try!

Juanita 13/7/11 16:41

The mint is such a brave step! My taste buds have never caught up with mint in savoury recipes. But I do absolutely adore the little ceramic bowl you have your pesto in!

MaryMoh 13/7/11 19:06

Mmm...that looks simple and delicious. Love it.

Stevie 20/7/11 03:17

I tried making mint pesto before but it was a complete disaster. It tasted like toothpaste! Yuch!. I like it the way you mix it up with green olive and parsley. I've the feeling that it would really enhance the dish.

My Italian Smorgasbord 9/8/11 10:58

wow! these spaghetti look seriously delicious and you can be sure that I am going to use your mint pesto very soon. Just posted a recipe that calls for arugula pesto... great minds think alike ;)


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