Ottolenghi’s Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives and Capers


Ottolenghi's Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives and Capers 1080
Pappare means ‘to gobble up’, in Italian, which is the destiny of this dish. It's a lovely spicy dish, but the quantity of harissa can easily be reduced. Make the sauce 3 days ahead if you like and keep in the fridge until needed.

Serves 4



2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g)

3 tbsp rose harissa (45g)

400g cherry tomatoes, halved

55g pitted Kalamata olives, torn in half

20g baby capers

500g dried pappardelle pasta (or another wide, flat pasta)

15g parsley, roughly


120g Greek-style yoghurt




  1. Put the oil into a large sauté pan, for which you have a lid, and place on a medium high heat. Once hot, add the onion and fry for 8 minutes, stirring every once in a while, until soft and Add the harissa, tomatoes, olives, capers and ½ teaspoon of salt and continue to fry for 3–4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes start to break down. Add 200ml of water and stir through. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid of the sauce and continue to cook for 4–5 minutes, until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in 10g of the parsley and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with plenty of salted water and place on a high Once boiling, add the pappardelle and cook according to the packet instructions, until al dente. Drain well.
  3. Return the pasta to the pot along with the harissa sauce and 8 teaspoon of salt. Mix together well, then divide between fourshallow Serve hot, with a spoonful of yoghurt and a final sprinkle of parsley.


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This recipe is an extract from Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi, courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.


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