Olive Sauce

It’s no secret that I love those dear Housewives of New Jersey. When my favorite matriarch of the Manzo family, Caroline, talked about an olive tomato sauce that her family always had on Christmas Eve – I immediately put that on my “to-do” list in the kitchen. Her recipe is top-secret of course, but in the scene it showed her slicing up fennel so I knew that went into the mix. So, I started there and just kind of winged it.

I added some sliced up Italian sausage, two kinds of olives, and fennel – as well as all the other standard tomato sauce fare. The brininess of the olives add such a different twist from a standard tomato sauce. Also, a greater depth of flavor. And, as most pasta dishes go, it didn’t take long to throw together. If you wanted to make this a vegetarian dish, it would be just as delicious without the sausage.

If you’re like me, and find yourself in a rut when it comes to new pasta dishes – give this one a try!


  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    Penne is my favorite pasta! I am always on the lookout for new recipes using it. Love this dish! The olive sauce has me intrigued!

  2. Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM | Permalink

    I feel like I would eat this olive sauce on anything and everything. I love olives and I don’t eat them nearly as much as I’d like. I love how simple, yet unique this recipe is and I am dying for a switch up to my regular penne/sausage (chicken sausage) dish.

  3. Posted January 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM | Permalink

    I love this! There is an awesome sausage shop in my neighborhood, a couple from Italy makes it all from scratch. This would be a perfect use.

  4. Posted January 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM | Permalink

    Love this pasta dish, it’s my idea of comfort food!

  5. Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    This sounds wonderful! I’ve been loving olives lately, especially all the specialty kinds that I’ve been seeing at the grocery store.

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