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Easy Weeknight Dinner: My Pantry Pasta Recipe! Made with Mediterranean flavors and pantry staples like marinated artichokes, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, plum tomatoes, garlic, capers, kalamata olives, and more! An easy recipe for a weeknight dinner in 30 minutes or less. #dinnerecipe #pantrystaples #pastarecipe

Easy Weeknight Dinner: My Pantry Pasta Recipe

This pantry pasta is SO easy and SO satisfying.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 452 kcal


  • Orzo
  • 1 cup marinated artichokes Trader Joe's has my favorite kind
  • 3-4 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 3/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 shallot thinly minced
  • 1/2 cup capers
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Zest of 1 lemon for garnish


  • Strain the oil from the marinated artichokes into a large heavy bottomed pot on medium heat.
  • Once the oil is heated, add the thinly sliced shallot. When the shallot becomes translucent, add garlic and tomato paste.
  • Let the tomato pasta deepen in color and caramelize for a deeper flavor, about 2 minutes (I learned this trick from Alison Roman!).
  • Tumble in chopped tomatoes, artichokes, capers, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and chopped olives. Stir to combine and let simmer while the pasta cooks. You may need to reduce the heat.
  • Next, cook your pasta to the packaging directions.
  • Once it's finished, drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of the liquid.
  • Toss the pasta with a drizzle of olive oil. Pour the liquid into the sauce mixture and stir, scraping the sides and bottom of the pan. Allow to simmer for a few more minutes while it thickens.
  • To plate, spoon the pasta into a bowl and top with the sauce. Garnish with lemon zest, sea salt flakes, freshly ground pepper, and a healthy amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Calories: 452kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 8gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 4897mgPotassium: 764mgFiber: 14gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 4313IUVitamin C: 77mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 5mg
Keyword easy meal, pantry meal, Pasta, quick, simple meal, vegetables, vegetarian, weeknight
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