Black Olive Tapenade Fusilli

Black Olive Tapenade Fusilli recipe served in a bowl.

As daylight gets shorter apparently so does my desire for bright and airy plates/bowls of food. Shifting into a different energy that only fall and winter bring.

This here BLACK OLIVE TAPENADE FUSILLI with roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, tiny cherry tomatoes and chickpeas was a mood.

I didn’t make the tapenade but you most certainly could and you could obviously swap it out for another pesto if olives aren’t your jam. I love the tangy earthy tapenade and dare I say it brought my vision for this dish to life.

Black Olive Tapenade Fusilli recipe served in a bowl.

Black Olive Tapenade Fusilli

This here black olive tapenade fusilli with roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, tiny cherry tomatoes and chickpeas is a mood.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Keyword: Black Olive Vegan Pasta, Plant-Based Olive Tapenade Pasta
Servings: 4


  • 1 bag fusili
  • olive oil
  • chili flakes
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 fistful spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 8 Brussels sprouts halved
  • 8 cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 3/4 cup chickpeas cooked
  • 1/2 cup tapenade


  • vegan parmezan
  • cherry tomatoes


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Clean and halve Brussels and chop up cauli in bite sized pieces. Drizzle with olive oil salt and pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Brussels don’t take as long as cauli so keep your eye on that.
  • Boil and salt water. Cook pasta till al dente. Reserve pasta water before draining.
  • Heat olive oil and chili flakes in large pan add onion and garlic.
  • Add mushrooms and cook until they start to soften. Add roasted veggies and chickpeas to pan. Toss to combine.
  • Add a fistful spinach and cooked pasta. Add 1/4-1/2cup tapenade and a splash or 2 of pasta water. Toss to combine.
  • Add more tapenade if desired. Season well. Finish with vegan parm, olive oil, sprouts, cherry tomatoes and chili flakes.

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