Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Active time
10 minutes
Total time
20 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
1/4 of recipe

 2 cloves of garlic, peeled

3 tablespoons harissa paste

4 tablespoons olive oil

8 ounces spaghetti, preferably whole grain

4 cups baby spinach, washed and roughly chopped

½ cup oil-cured black olives, pitted and halved

1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted and roughly chopped

Zest of 1 lemon

  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil.

  2. Place the garlic cloves on a cutting board. Crush with the flat side of a knife. Continue crushing and chopping until you have a garlic paste. Transfer garlic paste to a small bowl, add harissa paste, and olive oil.

  3. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Just before the pasta is done add the spinach to the pasta water, count to the count of 10, drain, and set aside.

  4. Heat the harissa sauce over medium heat in the pot, add spaghetti and spinach, black olives, pine nuts, and lemon zest. Add a little pasta water to help make the sauce. Stir over the heat for a minute or so, then turn everything out onto a platter and serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy Grecian Delight


Calories: 420
Total Fat: 34g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Sodium: 230mg
Carbohydrate: 50g
Fiber: 7g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 10g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

How'd it Taste?

Loved this recipe! All the ingredients are a blend of my favorites, go well together and was very spicy - which I love - though if you’re new to using harissa it’s something to be mindful of. Also enjoyed that it was basically a one pot meal and I had everything on hand already (no grocery shopping).
I didn't have oil-cured olives so I used a jar of kalamata, and added a teaspoon of salt. Tripled the amount of pine nuts, because I love pines nuts! Squeezed half a lemon over the final dish.

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