Quick Spaghetti Pesto Calabrese & Breadcrumbs

4 Plates
25 min

This is such an easy yet satisfying meal! The perfect midweek meal for busy households like mine. It’s super quick to put together and so good. I like to pack my pasta with healthy fats like olives and extra virgin olive oil and veggies are always present too in a way or another. Either visible or hidden to please the sight and the taste of my fussy son too.

Pesto calabrese is such a special pesto!

A plate full of Italian colours and flavours!

The perfect quick meal for all the family! And ready in under 30 minutes.

A colourful dish to enjoy all year around with family and friends!

All the goodness on a fork!

Quick Spaghetti Pesto Calabrese & Breadcrumbs

Recipe details

  • 4  Plates
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Ingredients for 4 people

  • 400gr spaghetti
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • handful of black olives
  • calabrese pesto in jar
  • breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • basil for decoration


While you cook the pasta, cut the pepper in small cubes and pan fry them with some EVOO for about 5 minutes. Add the black olives and cook for another 5 minutes. Leave aside.
In another frying pan cook with some EVOO the breadcrumbs with spices like oregano and paprika until they turn brown and crunchy.
Once the pasta is ready pour it in the pan where the peppers and olives are. Add the pesto calabrese and mix well.
I’ve used a store bought pesto calabrese but you can also make your own with some tomatoes, peppers and ricotta.
At last add the breadcrumbs and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Buon appetito!


  • When you add the breadcrumbs, drizzle more EVOO as the breadcrumbs will absorb some of the sauce.

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