Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Black Olives and Anchovies Recipe

Who needs to cook tomato sauce for pasta? Like many cooks, I find that sun-ripened tomatoes can give you the intense taste of a long-simmered sauce with virtually no cooking at all. Your guests will swear that you’ve been laboring in a hot kitchen cooking your pasta sauce. Only you, the summer sun, and I will know the truth.

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Black Olives and Anchovies Recipe

How To Make Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Black Olives and Anchovies

Light and savory tomato pasta recipe

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins


  • 1 lb bowtie pasta, corkscrews or medium shells
  • 3 anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
  • 4 large tomatoes, 2 to 2 1/2 lb. total weight, sun-ripened
  • 6 oz fresh parsley, stems discarded
  • cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped, cured
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving, freshly grated


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a mixing bowl with ice cubes and water.
  3. With a small, sharp knife, cut out the cores of the tomatoes and, on the opposite end of each, score a shallow X in its skin.
  4. When the water is boiling, use a slotted spoon or wire skimmer to lower the tomatoes into the water.
  5. When their skins begin to wrinkle, after 30 to 45 seconds, lift them out with the spoon or skimmer and transfer them to the ice water to cool.
  6. As soon as the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, use your fingertips and, if necessary, the knife to peel them, starting at the X.
  7. Cut each tomato crosswise in half and, with your fingertip or the handle of a small spoon, scoop out and discard their seed sacs.
  8. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  9. In a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade, combine the olive oil, parsley, garlic cloves, anchovy fillets and red pepper flakes.
  10. Process until uniformly pureed.
  11. Pour the puree into the mixing bowl with the tomatoes.
  12. Add the olives.
  13. Season to taste with the sugar, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  14. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  15. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, tender but still slightly chewy, following the manufacturer's suggested cooking time.
  16. Drain the pasta and immediately add it to the bowl of other ingredients.
  17. Add the chopped fresh parsley leaves and toss well.
  18. Spoon the pasta into individual large, shallow serving bowls.
  19. Top each serving with a little freshly grated Parmesan.
  20. Serve immediately.


  • Sugar: 7g
  • :
  • Calcium: 80mg
  • Calories: 655kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 66g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Fat: 39g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 649mg
  • Protein: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 473mg
  • Vitamin A: 3758IU
  • Vitamin C: 58mg
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