Pasta Pearls and Olive Salad

This quick and easy pasta salad features Kalamata olives with garlic, but can easily be adapted to work with many combinations of favorite ingredients. Israeli couscous or orzo can be substituted for the acini de pepe.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; cook the acini di pepe in the boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Drain and transfer to a...


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound acini di pepe pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

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