There is something so tasty and satisfying about a pasta dish that it’s little wonder it appears on so many healthy menus. While you can add chicken, ham or any other manner of meat to this recipe we actually prefer this spicy Mediterranean version. Everyone who has tried this dish in the office have voted it a winner. The kick you get is really something and elevates this dish from your ordinary, every day pasta. Quick and easy to make, this pasta with spicy olive and mushroom sauce is ideal for lunch or evening meal. Those with a love of Italian food will certainly be impressed when you serve this one up, and with it being pasta you can heat it up again the next day and get 2 meals for only 1 trip into the kitchen. That certainly sounds good to us!


3 tbsp olive oil

¾ cup chopped onions

2 tbsp chopped Celery stick

3 cloves chopped garlic

½ tsp chili flakes

1 lb tomatoes

½ cup tomato paste

1 Tbsp sugar

400g pasta

½ cup spicy salami

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

2 tbsp parsley

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

½ tsp Oregano

½ tsp fresh Basil

¼ cup sliced black olives

½ cup mushrooms

1.5 liter water

Salt 1/2 tsp


1: Take the 1.5 liters of water into a large sauce pan. Add 1tbsp olive oil and 1tsp salt to it, add the 400g Pasta and cook for 7 minutes over a medium heat. Remove the sauce pan from the heat and give it a stir then drain the pasta.

2: Heat 1 tbsp of oil in another saucepan and add the onion, celery, half the garlic, chili, tomato paste, sugar and chopped tomatoes, cook gently. Add the fresh Basil and salt and continue cooking for around 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft.

3: Take a fry pan and add 1 tbsp olive oil, sliced mushrooms, black olives, salami and the remainder of the garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes over a medium heat. Add black pepper and chili flakes stirring frequently.

4: Add the sauce to the mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Now drop the pasta into it, stirring frequently. Mix well with the sauce and remove from heat. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and grated parsley on top and serve immediately.