Spaghetti with Olives, Broccoli, and Feta

This spaghetti with olives, broccoli, and feta is a quick and easy pantry pasta made by combining cooked pasta with stir-fried broccoli along with, olives, garlic, lemon zest, chile flakes, and feta cheese. On the table in 30 minutes.

A plate of spaghetti with olives, broccoli, and feta with two serving spoons nestled in the pasta.

It may seem an unconventional combination yet this spaghetti with broccoli, olives, and feta is astonishingly satisfying and comes together with stuff you probably keep a stash of on hand at all times. In addition to being laudible for its healthy Mediterranean-inspired jumble of ingredients, it’s practical as can be given that it’s on the table in less than 30 minutes. And it just happens to be vegetarian—though we swear you won’t want for anything. Rumor has it cold leftovers eaten straight from the fridge make a magnificent breakfast.–Angie Zoobkoff

Spaghetti with Olives, Broccoli, and Feta

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4 to 6
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Place a large saucepan of generously salted water over high heat and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, in another large saucepan over medium-low heat, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and cook until soft and translucent but without letting it brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions.

When you have just a few minutes cooking time for the pasta left, set the pan containing the garlic back over medium-high heat, add the broccoli, and stir-fry until the broccoli is crisp and green and tender, about 3 minutes, depending on the size of the florets.

Using tongs, lift the pasta from the water and allow any excess water to drip back into the pan. Add the pasta to the broccoli, along with a few spoonfuls of the pasta cooking water. Gently toss to combine and then add a good drizzle of olive oil.

Add the olives, chile flakes, and lemon zest and toss to combine. Stir in the feta and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients.

Taste and, if desired, season with salt and black pepper. If the dish seems a little dry, stir in a little more pasta water, about 1 tablespoon at a time, using as much as 1/2 cup to create a sauce if desired.Serve immediately.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This pasta dish was absolutely delicious! I could eat broccoli with every meal so this recipe immediately caught my attention and it sure didn’t disappoint! The brininess of the olives and the freshness of the lemon zest really married well with the garlic, broccoli, and the slight heat of the pepper flakes.

I used plain crushed red pepper flakes as that was what I had on hand, and I used less than called for in this recipe since we don’t like overly hot dishes.

I also left out the feta, since my husband isn’t a fan of it, and it was still fantastic without it. That just goes to show you how versatile this dish truly is.

This recipe makes a lot of pasta, definitely enough to serve 6 people, and can easily be halved with good results.

Super easy and the options really are endless. Perfect timing for all the upcoming summer veggies!

My husband said that if he had ordered this pasta in a restaurant he would gladly order it again. That is high praise from my carnivorous husband. This pasta dish is very flavorful with a slight kick from the pepper, lightly lemony, not overwhelmingly garlicky, and creamy from the feta.

After stir frying the broccoli for about 4 minutes it was still fairly firm. However, once the pasta and water were added and mixed the broccoli finished cooking. Some of the stems were a little al dente.

I think 14 ounces of feta is an enormous amount. I used half that amount and the pasta was very flavorful. The amount of Aleppo pepper added a nice flavor.

Given that the feta and olives are really salty (and the pasta was cooked in salt water) I didn't need to add additional salt.


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