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Fast & Easy Dinner: Linguine with Caper & Green Olive Sauce

Fast & Easy Dinner: Linguine with Caper & Green Olive Sauce

In the middle of a summer week, where the temperature is rising, motivation to cook a quick and healthy dinner is hard to find. On nights like these choose an elegant but simple pasta dish that can be put together in under 20 minutes. Light and vegetarian, this meal is made with briny olives, capers, and your favorite jarred marinara sauce. Fragrant green parsley and finely grated lemon zest add freshness and texture. Sound delicious? You can make this tonight - you'll find the recipe if you only

Linguine with Caper and Green Olive Sauce
From Real Simple magazine

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 26-ounce jar marinara sauce
1 6.75-ounce jar Spanish olives, drained and roughly chopped
1 3.5-ounce jar capers, drained and roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1-pound box linguine

  1. Heat the olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper in a large saucepan over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the marinara sauce, olives, capers, parsley, and lemon zest. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the linguine according to the package instructions.
  4. Drain and add the linguine to the sauce, tossing to coat. Transfer to a large serving dish and serve family-style.

Serves 4-6.

Note: capers and olives are often packed in brine, which can make a dish very salty. If you are watching your salt intake, rinse them before cooking.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 520(21% from fat); FAT 12g (sat 2g); PROTEIN 16mg; CHOLESTEROL 0mg; CALCIUM 90mg; SODIUM 1633mg; FIBER 5g; CARBOHYDRATE 88g; IRON 5mg

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intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
That looks delicious!!!
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
Sounds yummy! Thanks! :)
pamela6116 pamela6116 10 years
No! Not jarred sauce!!! Take a box of cherry tomatoes and put them in the saute pan with hot oil and golden garlic.... then add a handful of capers, or torn up basil, chopped up olives (love Kalamata olives). So easy and so much healthier! Never mind that it'll taste better... <>
janemast janemast 10 years
looks amazing. I'll definitely try it this weekend.
sevendayrain sevendayrain 10 years
this looks and sounds so good..I think I should make it tonight :) I love makes me miss italy!!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Im saving this because it looks great, its fast, and I love capers!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
so good! love pasta!
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