Before you ask “What’s so mediterranean about this recipe?” – it’s the black olives. The taste reminds me of a colourful greek salad, served in a restaurant on the coast with a sea view and seagulls singing all around you. If that doesn’t make you wanna cook this dish then I don’t know what can. Ok, I know it’s a pasta dish and it’s served warm and basically it’s not a salad but trust me, it taste divine.
This recipe can be either vegan or vegetarian – it all depends what kind of cheese you use at the end but all the way through there’re no animal product used in it.
The products I’m going to list are for 2 people but feel free to add extra if you want to make it for more. It’s very quick and easy – it takes maximum 30 minutes.
All you need is:
- 350g gnocchi
- 200g tomato passata (or frito, or just a can of tomato sauce)
- 1 courgette
- 250g chestnut mushrooms
- 125g cherry tomatoes
- black olives (as much as you want to)
- cheddar cheese// vegan cheese
- 2 garlic gloves (or 1 tbsp garlic paste)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- olive oil
- salt and black pepper
1> First thing first, prepare your vegetables – wash and cut.
2. Heat up a large pan with a drizzle of olive oil and put the mushrooms in. Cook for 3-4 minutes and add the courgettes with a pinch of salt. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.
3. Once the courgette has soften, you can add the cherry tomatoes (cut in halves). At this point you can boil you gnocchi. Tip: Put the gnocchi in salted boiling water and wait for them to rise to the top of the water. That means they’re ready. Some take 3-4 minutes to be ready so be careful not to overcook them.
4. Add the tomato passata (sauce), the black olives, the garlic and the oregano to the pan. Cook for a minute or two.
5. After that just add the cooked gnocchi and season with salt and pepper. This is your Mediterranean pasta.
6. You can either have it as it is or make it better with some grated cheese. In my recipe I used vegan cheese but if you want you can use normal cheddar.
I’m not vegan but I enjoy a nice healthy dish. Do you guys prefer meat dishes or vegetarian? What do you think of today’s recipe? I hope I’m not boring you with my pasta dishes yet.