Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives and Capers by Yotam Ottolenghi

If you are looking for something you can cook quickly and is completely delicious and filling then this is the perfect recipe for you, spicy and salty with the gorgeous tang of capers – a feast for your tastebuds!

You can even prepare the sauce in advance and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days to make preparation even quicker.

Pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers by Yotam Ottolenghi

Pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers by Yotam Ottolenghi

Pappare means ‘to gobble up’, in Italian, which is the destiny of this dish (particularly in Tara’s house, where her husband Chris makes it most Sunday nights). I like it spicy, but the quantity of harissa can easily be reduced. Make the sauce 3 days ahead if you like and keep in the fridge until needed.
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced (220g)
  • 3 tbsp Rose Harissa (or 50% more or less, depending on variety: see p.301) (45g)
  • 400g Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 55 g Pitted Kalamata Olives, torn in half
  • 20 g Baby Capers
  • 500 g Dried Pappardelle Pasta (or another wide, flat pasta)
  • 15 g Parsley, roughly chopped
  • 120 g Greek-Style Yoghurt
  • Salt


  • Put the oil into a large sauté pan, for which you have 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. Add the harissa, 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. Remove the lid of the sauce and continue to cook for 4–5 minutes, until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in 10g of the parsley and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Return the pasta to the pot along with the harissa sauce and 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.


Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi - Beautiful Heirloom HomeRecipe and image extracted from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, £25) Photography by Jonathan Lovekin
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