This healthy Mediterranean Pasta is the breezy social butterfly of the dinner recipe crowd. So effortless! So chic! A light, easygoing mix of angel hair pasta, fresh lemon, and classic Mediterranean ingredients like tomato, Parmesan, and artichoke, this simple but splendid healthy pasta recipe can carry itself at any meal. Whether it’s a hectic family weeknight meal or romantic date night in, this Mediterranean pasta belongs.

Mediterranean Pasta with artichoke, tomato, garlic, and lemon. One of our favorite fast and healthy pasta recipes! Easy to make, warm, and filled with bright flavor! Keep the recipe vegetarian or serve with chicken or shrimp. #healthy #pasta #mediterranean

I prize recipes that combine pantry staples and fresh ingredients to create fast, healthy meals.

Mixing fresh and pantry items means that I only need to buy one or two things to make dinner. Cooking and shopping this way is often less expensive, AND because pantry items are typically quick and convenient, I can get dinner on the table sooner too.

This Mediterranean pasta is a perfect example.

Mediterranean Pasta with artichokes, olives, tomato, garlic, and lemon. Fast and fresh for weeknight dinners!

Healthy Mediterranean Pasta—Fast Meets Fresh

Ingredients

  • Whole Wheat Pasta. Higher in fiber, protein, and nutrients than regular pasta, whole wheat pasta is better for you. Its flavor is mild, so no one will suspect your healthy swap. You’ll always find a box or two in my pantry.

As long as the pasta is 100% whole grain, there isn’t one type that is better for you than another. I like to keep a few shapes on hand for making all kinds of healthy pasta recipes. This Garlic Shrimp Pasta, Chicken Feta Pasta, and Kale Pasta are two of my favorites for long-style noodles like spaghetti and fettuccini. Shorter noodles are perfect for Sun Dried Tomato Pasta and Caprese Chicken Pasta. (For more inspo, check out my full list of healthy pasta recipes.)

  • Canned Artichokes. An instant way to add a colorful and delicious serving of veggies to any recipe. Steam and section whole fresh artichokes on a weeknight? No. Open a can of artichoke hearts and add them to a quick pasta? Yes!
  • Canned Olives. The salty-umami oomph. They’re big flavor and will add only a few dollars to your grocery bill.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Don’t skimp on the amount, as you need it to create a luscious sauce. While the olive oil does add fat, it’s good fat and makes this a more heart healthy pasta recipe.

Mediterranean Pasta is a one-pan meal that the whole family will love. Full of flavor and vegetarian too!

Next, we have the ingredients on Team FRESH. They’re a classic Mediterranean combo that brings the pasta to life.

  • Cherry Tomatoes. Juicy, sweet, and tasty year-round.
  • Chopped Garlic. While I sometimes take a shortcut with garlic powder, in this healthy pasta, you need the real deal. Hate chopping garlic? (I do!) Try a garlic press like this one.
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice. No bottled juice allowed. Trust me! You need the real deal here.
  • Grated Parmesan. As with the lemon juice, use the real deal (not the green can). This pasta has few ingredients, so each is incredibly important.

This Mediterranean pasta is a testament to the fact that a recipe doesn’t need to be long, time-consuming, or complicated to be delicious and taste special.

Mediterranean Pasta with artichoke, tomato, garlic, and lemon. One of our favorite fast and healthy pasta recipes! Easy to make, warm, and filled with bright flavor!

Mediterranean Pasta Recipe Variations

Thanks to the hearty artichokes and whole grains in the pasta noodles, I found this Mediterranean Pasta plenty satisfying when left vegetarian.

  • To Make Vegan. You can simply omit the Parmesan.
  • Mediterranean Pasta with Shrimp. I’d suggest sautéing or grilling the shrimp separately, then tossing it with the pasta at the end to prevent the shrimp from overcooking. (Or give this Mediterranean Shrimp a try.)
  • Mediterranean Pasta with Canned Tuna. For additional heart-healthy protein and fats. (I recommend oil packed for the best flavor.)
  • Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken. For those seeking shredded chicken pasta recipes, try combining this Mediterranean Pasta with my quick and easy method for How to Cook Shredded Chicken (stovetop), Baked Chicken Breast, or this Instant Pot Chicken. You can shred or dice the chicken and toss it in with the pasta at the end.
  • Mediterranean Pasta with Italian Sausage. Slice precooked Italian chicken sausages into coins, then brown the pieces in a sauté pan. Remove them from the pan, proceed with the recipe as directed, and toss the coins into the pasta at the end.
  • Mediterranean Pasta with Feta. Swap the Parm for feta cheese. We served our leftovers this way, and that was delicious too.

What to Serve with Mediterranean Pasta

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OK, now let’s make this bright and healthy Mediterranean Pasta!

A skillet of Mediterranean pasta with olives and tomatoes

Mediterranean Pasta

4.93 from 67 votes
Mediterranean Pasta with tomatoes, artichoke, garlic, and lemon. A fast, healthy pasta recipe that’s easy to make and filled with bright flavor! Keep the recipe vegetarian or serve with chicken or shrimp. A nutritious all-in-one meal.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins

Servings: 4 –6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 6 ounces whole wheat angel hair pasta whole wheat spaghetti, or similar whole wheat noodles (I recommend DeLallo whole wheat pasta)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts (14 ounces)
  • 1 can whole pitted black olives (6 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, then drain.
  • While the water boils and pasta cooks, prep your vegetables and remaining ingredients: mince the garlic; halve the cherry tomatoes; drain and roughly chop the artichokes; drain and slice the olives in half. Once the vegetables start cooking, the recipe goes quickly, so you want to be ready.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the tomatoes, garlic, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant and the tomatoes begin to break down and release some juices into the oil, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat. Add the artichokes and olives. Drizzle the lemon juice over the pasta. Continue tossing and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until warmed through. If the pasta seems too dry, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to loosen it. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as desired. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley. Toss once more and enjoy.

Notes

  • Tips from Mary, the recipe's author: Don't skimp on the olive oil or parsley. Both are key to giving the final dish great flavor.
  • To reheat: Warm gently in the microwave or on the stove with a splash of water to keep the pasta from drying out.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 18gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g

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  1. Yes. I loved it!!!. I added bacon, asparagus, and mushrooms. I also didn’t have fresh parsley, so I used dried. So good!!!5 stars

  2. Loved this and so did my husband and 3 year old! Not only is it healthy but it’s delicious. We added chicken and substituted kalamata olives (picky husband preference). Had it the next day for lunch and the flavors stayed so well. Will definitely add this to the rotation and have shared with so many family and friends.5 stars

  3. We’ve made this dish with a couple of substitutions based on what we had on hand… turmeric pasta, castrelventrano olives which we just recently discovered, and chicken sausage. Delicious!5 stars

  4. I searched for a healthy pasta recipe that I could meal prep. I found this recipe but initially I was worry about the olives. I have never eaten olives in my life! I debated leaving them out but I decided to try something new. I read the comments and saw many people used kalamata olives so I bought those. I had a little spinach left and a bag of shrimp in the fridge so I added those as well. It taste so delicious!! I was surprised that I actually like olives?. I would definitely recommend this recipe. I plan to eat this for lunch for the week. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  5. This was delicious! Very easy to put together as well. It tastes and feels light and healthy but still full of amazing flavor!5 stars

  6. I’ve never left a review on a recipe. Never! This pasta was so delicious I just had to. Followed recipe as written. Did not skimp on olive oil or garlic. Delicious. Delicious!5 stars

  7. I thought this recipe was tasty, but a bit acidic. I added fresh spinach to have more of a pasta salad and it worked well!4 stars

  8. This is one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes! I shared the recipe with my daughter and we both make this dish frequently. I substituted Kalamata olives for the black olives as I prefer the taste. I may throw in some capers next time too. This is a rich and satisfying meatless meal.5 stars

  9. My husband, who is 99.1% Italian on ancestry.com, and whose family hails from the same small town in Sicily as Al Pacino’s, asked me if I could make it again tomorrow, hahaha! I followed the recipe exactly. My only critique is that I would have liked a little bit less lemon juice, which I will do maybe two tablespoons next time. Fun recipe. I might also try adding some good quality sweet Italian sausage as a variant.5 stars

  10. This is one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten, bar none! I am not much of a cook, so I really appreciated the simplicity and ease of making this dish. I am ready to make it again!5 stars

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