Pasta Pearls and Olive Salad

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Acini di pepe is a small, round, pasta perfect for soups and salads. This salad can be served hot, cold, or my favorite, room temperature. Try some different combinations of additions to make variations, such as roasted broccoli with toasted almonds; sun-dried tomatoes, wilted arugula, olives, and feta cheese; spinach; or scallions and feta cheese. Israeli couscous or orzo can be substituted for the acini de pepe.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ pound acini di pepe pasta

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; cook the acini di pepe in the boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. While the pasta cooks, melt the butter with the olive oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Once the foam subsides, cook and stir the garlic and red pepper flakes in the butter mixture until the garlic is golden brown, about 2 minutes; remove from heat and stir the olives in with the garlic mixture. Transfer to bowl with the pasta and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
10g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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