Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives, and Capers - Ottolenghi

Jonathan Lovekin

Using Alexandra’s Rose Harissa Paste


2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g)

3 tbsp Alexandra's Rose Harissa Paste

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 chopped

120g Greek-style yoghurt


  1. Put the oil into a large sauté pan with 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 caramelised.

  2. Add the Rose Harissa Paste, 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.

  3. Remove the lid of the sauce and continue to cook for 4–5 minutes, until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in most of the parsley and set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with plenty of salted water and place on a high heat. Once boiling, add the pappardelle and cook according to the packet instructions, until al dente. Drain well.

  5. Return the pasta to the pot along with the Rose Harissa sauce and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Mix together well, then divide between four shallow bowls. Serve hot, with a spoonful of yoghurt and a final sprinkle of parsley.

Serves 4

Recipe adapted from SIMPLE, © Yotam Ottolenghi with Tara Wigley and Esme Howarth