Beef and Ziti with Roasted Peppers and Green Olives

Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
25 min
10 min
15 min


uncooked ziti

6 oz

olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s), (7% fat or less)

black pepper

¼ tsp

uncooked red onion(s)

1 large, chopped

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), finely chopped

dried oregano

¾ tsp

red pepper flakes

¼ tsp

roasted red peppers (packed in water)

1 cup(s), drained and diced

canned or bottled pickled green olive(s)

16 item(s), drained (reserving 2 tablespoons brine), coarsely chopped

fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), chopped


  1. Cook ziti 2 minutes less than package directions specify. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking water
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and black pepper and cook, breaking beef apart with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 4–5 minutes.
  3. Add onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in roasted peppers, olives, and brine. Cook until heated through, 1–2 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add pasta and reserved cooking water to skillet and cook, stirring often, until pasta is just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  5. Serving size: 1½ cups


If you have fresh basil on hand, use it instead of the parsley for even more flavor in this dish.

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