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Finished pasta in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon

Mediterranean Lemon Pasta

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn



  • Bring 2 quarts of water to boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and pasta noodles. Cook, uncovered, for 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente. Remove from heat, strain through a colander. Immediately toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.
  • Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-low. Add garlic and tomatoes sauté for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the tomatoes begin to break down. Stir in artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. Cook for one more minute until the vegetables are heated through and pine nuts are slightly browned. Stir in the cooked pasta.
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice, the remaining one tablespoon olive oil, and fresh basil. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and vegan parmesan, if using. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.


Serving and Storing - The pasta is best served fresh and hot from the skillet. I like to serve it with a side of bread or breadsticks. You could serve it with roasted or steamed vegetables or a big Caesar salad. Store leftover pasta in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Before storing, allow the pasta to cool completely. Seal the container(s) and place it in the fridge.
Reheating – To reheat, you can cover and place in the microwave until the noodles and veggies warm through. You could also toss it in a skillet with a little bit of extra olive oil over medium-low heat until the veggies are warmed through.
Recipe Tips
  1. Use your preferred pasta. Any will work! I updated this recipe with thin spaghetti noodles but I have also used bow tie, rotini, and fusilli pasta.
  2. Cook the pasta to al dente to avoid mushy pasta. If you use thicker or thinner noodles, I recommend following the box’s instructions to cook the pasta al dente. Cook times can range from 5 to 6 minutes to 12 or more depending on the variety.


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1250mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg