Lindsay® Black Olives or Lindsay® Green Ripe Olives - or even a mixture of both - are tossed into this Pasta Rustica, bringing together the flavors of sweet bell pepper, mellow olive oil, and spicy pepper flakes. Finish with Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towel; cut or break into 1/2-inch pieces.

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  • Discard bacon drippings from skillet; add oil. Cook onions in oil over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper, parsley, garlic and pepper flakes; cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and reserved bacon; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in olives and oregano; simmer 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt, if desired.

  • Drain pasta; toss with sauce and cheese. Transfer to serving plates and serve with additional cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

593 calories; protein 17.8g 36% DV; carbohydrates 68.6g 22% DV; fat 27.6g 43% DV; cholesterol 16mg 5% DV; sodium 769.8mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2008
No need to carefully measure ingredients here just add to your taste bud's content--that's the beauty and fun of true cooking! I prepared this pretty much as directed using a good brand of canned San Marzano tomatoes (the best!) and added a glug of Chianti to the sauce. The aroma was mmmm so good and the dish itself was delicious flavorful and the perfect accompaniment to the "Grilled Marinated Shrimp" I served with it. As an Italian gal used to Italian cooking and food I can tell you this combination of typical Italian ingredients is pretty good stuff! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2004
This dish was alright. I thought it would be better as it had capers and olives two of my favorites. However it seemed to be missing something. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2008
No need to carefully measure ingredients here just add to your taste bud's content--that's the beauty and fun of true cooking! I prepared this pretty much as directed using a good brand of canned San Marzano tomatoes (the best!) and added a glug of Chianti to the sauce. The aroma was mmmm so good and the dish itself was delicious flavorful and the perfect accompaniment to the "Grilled Marinated Shrimp" I served with it. As an Italian gal used to Italian cooking and food I can tell you this combination of typical Italian ingredients is pretty good stuff! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
This was EXCELLENT! This had so many great flavors going on and everything went well together. Wonderful blend of textures too. I used the bacon grease and a splash of olive oil to sautee the onions peppers and garlic in. I used sun dried tomatoes instead. I cut this down to a couple of servings and it came out perfectly. I highly recommend this dish it is fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2008
this dish was so good and so easy to prepare. i didn't bother with cleaning the skillet after frying the bacon...i just used the bacon grease and threw the rest of the ingredients in the same skillet. i also added basil and a splash of dry white wine and omitted the bell pepper (not a favorite here). i didn't even bother measuring the ingredients...this is pretty much a no-fail recipe. i tossed the sauce with angel hair pasta and it was simply perfect! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2004
This dish was alright. I thought it would be better as it had capers and olives two of my favorites. However it seemed to be missing something. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2004
FABULOUS! I skipped the bacon and added 1.5 lb of cooked Italian sausage. I cut the oil back to 1/4 c and added 1/4 c. butter. I used seasoned diced tomatoes and 1/4 each of green and black olives - oh I also added a pkg of fresh mushrooms at the end. I put everything in a casserole for a get-together a few hours later and reheated in oven with Asiago cheese on top. Be generous with the flat leaf parsley garlic and crushed red pepper! Got rave reviews! I will make again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2010
This is a keeper! It takes very little prep work other than roughly chopping veggies contains staples I usually have on hand anyway and the smell of the bacon and tomatoes cooking is heavenly! I emptied the bacon grease to cut down on the fat but didn't clean the pan our before cooking the onions to keep some additional flavor. I also added a splash of red wine to make the flavor a little heartier and mushrooms for more texture. We were out of Parmesan and it's just great even without cheese. My husband a meat and potatoes kind of guy loved this and had seconds (and he's on a diet!) I advise against using spaghetti noodles...the rotini or fusili make it easier to get the veggies and pasta together in one bite. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2009
This was good follow the ingredients but didn't measure. Next time I will leave out the bacon as it got a bit soggy and I didn't like the texture however liked the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2010
Easy to make and delicious. I cut the olive oil to 1/4 cup and used 1 lb turkey sausage instead of bacon. I've made with both black & green olives vs black olives & capers. Both are great! And don't be afraid to use the full amount of the onions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
Delish! I forgot to add the bell pepper and I topped with a italian cheese blend. I think I may add just a bit more bacon next time. Read More
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