Pepper and Olive Pasta Sauce Recipe -
Pepper and Olive Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Pepper and Olive Pasta Sauce

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"This dish is different than the typical red sauce pasta dish. It's light, but not wimpy. You can use any color of pepper in this sauce."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil on high and add the garlic. Reduce to medium high and cook until the garlic begins to turn golden, then add the peppers. Cook until the peppers are soft and turning brown around the edges. Add the olives and crushed red pepper and stir. Pour in the wine and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato-vegetable juice cocktail, basil, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook until liquid is halved. Stir in parsley. Serve over your favorite pasta.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2007

Easy and delicious sauce. I used tomato sauce instead of vegetable juice (that's all I had), replaced the wine with 1/2 cup apple jucie, and I only used about 2 tbs. oil total. Will definitely make again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 26, 2010

This tastes exactly like the title: peppers and olives. That's it. Very unextraordinary.

Apr 22, 2005

i'm a student and this was pretty much my first proper attempt at cooking... very easy, straightforward, and satisfying. extremely satisfying, actually.. i'm in one of those post-eating good food phases right now, where you feel dazed and like you're on a high :) thank you for this one. i did alter it a little.. used about 2 teaspoons of cajun instead of crushed pepper, because i wanted more zing and thats all i had, and used about 3/4ths of a can of ready tomato juice because i had no idea how many ounces it was and gambled. i didn't have white wine on me, so i used red wine instead.. also not sure if i cooked it long enough, because the sauce was still a bit oily.. i did take the other reviewers tip and use feta cheese. that was perfection. want to try the original recipe next time, but i love what i had, and so did my housemates. i avoid salt completely, but sprinkled this generously with whole peppercorns and ground blackpepper. the peppercorns really work with the olives in this one, at times. my first meal, and it was a success even with the mistakes and changes i made. :)

Aug 31, 2010

Oh my goodness! This is the best pasta sauce I have ever had!! It tastes like something I'd get from a fancy Italian restaurant!! I just worked with what I had on hand..I only had two small peppers from my garden and a couple cans of diced tomatoes in my I just diced up the peppers and olives to make them go farther and pureed the diced tomatoes. These are the only two things that I did different and it turned out excellent!! Oh yah...I also added about a 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese to make it a little thicker...Awesome stuff!! Its definitely worth repeating!!

Jan 12, 2009

Awesome! Made the following modifications: Added chicken for protein and used only one green and one red bell pepper. The bonus was that I used Trader Joe's mixed olive bruschetta and only 6 oz. of it rather than the 8 oz. that the recipe called for if you had used regular olives. Also used tomato sauce instead and seemed to work out fine. The boyfriend loved it and asked me to make it again :-}

Feb 17, 2011

This was surprisingly good. I had a hinkling to have spaghetti and meatballs when I got home but while I was knuckle deep in ground beef I realized that I might not have sauce. I found this recipe and beefed it up a bit. (literally) I added black olives, green olives, canned mushrooms, drained canned tomatoes, lots of herbs and garlic.

Jun 13, 2008

I only used 1 T. oil for this recipe, but did the rest as written. This recipe is delicious! Fabulous. We used the sauce over ravioli, but could use it on many things, even baked chicken. Will definitely use it many times, and tell friends. Question: why so much oil? NOT necessary and not good for you. I cooked the sauce down in a wide saucepan and it is NOT runny at all.

Mar 14, 2008

very tasty sauce. I used green olives instead...


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  • Calories
  • 541 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 42.2 g
  • 65%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 1843 mg
  • 74%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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