Dirty Martini Pasta Recipe – Legally Healthy Blonde

My Dirty Martini Pasta recipe went (semi) viral on TikTok, and it’s an olive lover’s DREAM! It’s salty, savory, tangy and perfectly satisfying. Made with real gin, a sprinkle of blue cheese, green olives and more!

One of my favorite cocktails lately is a dirty gin martini. So, I thought why not mix the ingredients for a dirty martini in pasta form! Surely, it had to work, and it did! I posted the recipe on TikTok and Instagram and my followers agreed: Dirty Martini Pasta is a HIT!

With Castelvetrano olives, dry gin, olive oil, lemon zest, a little butter and crumbled blue cheese, this dish is delicious AND easy! Perfect for dinner tonight, for Saturday night pasta and ideal for lovers of modern cuisine.

Contents:

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🍸 Why you’ll love this Dirty Martini Pasta

  • Perfect for a dinner!
  • Easy, get ready in 30 minutes or less!
  • It’s so much fun to eat!

🫒 What you need for this recipe:

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • Garlic – Use a fresh garlic clove, chopped or thinly sliced!
  • Olive oil – I highly recommend using a good quality olive oil, as the flavor will make a big difference.
  • Olives from Castelvetrano – These are the BEST olives. I do not recommend replacing them. Opt for pitted olives, if possible, and save the real brine/olive juice! If needed, manzanilla olives can also work.
  • Pasta – I recommend using a long type of dough, like angel hair pasta, spaghetti, or linguine noodles. Using fresh pasta is also great!
  • Lemon zest – I like to use strips of lemon zest, but regular grated zest works too!
  • Gin or vodka – Up to you! I find that the Gin adds a little more flavor, but either is fine, and the omission is also fine.
  • Butter – Use cold salted butter, cut into cubes.
  • Salt pepper – To taste! Use kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Blue cheese – Crumbled creamy blue cheese continues at the end. I don’t recommend omitting it because it adds great flavor! However, a goat’s cheese is also suitable, and omitting it is also good if you are vegan.
  • Fresh parsley – For garnish! Use flat-leaf parsley and roughly chop it. Chives are great here too.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Medium pot
  • Medium pan
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Zester channel knife (optional)

📋 How to make Dirty Martini Pasta:

Step 1: prepare the ingredients

Finely chop or thinly slice 1 to 2 cloves of garlic.

Lightly crush or roughly chop the green olives. Zest the lemons.

Cook the pasta al dente in heavily salted boiling water, according to package directions, and set aside. Save about ¼ cup of pasta water.

Step 2: Start the Dirty Martini Pasta Sauce

Add olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir.

Add the lemon zest and crushed olives and sauté until fragrant and the garlic is lightly toasted, but not burnt or crispy.

Carefully add the gin to the hot pan and stir until almost evaporated.

Stir in olive brine until well combined.

Gradually add the butter and stir continuously to emulsify the butter until completely incorporated.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Add the cooked pasta and mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

If the sauce or pasta seems dry, add a little starch-infused pasta water and toss.

Serve hot and garnish with olives, lemon zest, fresh parsley and blue cheese crumble.

pasta in a bowl with glass behind.

💭 Expert tips and tricks

  • Use cold salted butter, cut into cubes. Cold butter emulsifies more effectively into the sauce, creating a creamy, glossy finish.
  • Make sure to save the pasta water. If needed at the end, salted water can help resolve any sauce issues.
  • Enjoy along the way! Many of these ingredients are very salty, so be sure to taste and adjust if necessary!

Storage and reheating tips:

  • Keep refrigerated : Wait for the pasta to come to room temperature and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days.
  • Store in the freezer: Store in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to about 3 months.
  • How to reheat: Always inspect leftovers for dirt or mold using your eyes and nose. Reheat by adding a drizzle of olive oil to a non-stick pan over medium heat until everything is hot. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Recipe FAQs

What is Dirty Martini Pasta?

Dirty Martini Pasta is a dish inspired by the flavors of a dirty martini! It’s salty, briny, and also contains blue cheese and chopped olives.

Can I do it without alcohol?

These dirty martini batters can definitely be made without alcohol! Just omit it altogether or use a little stock in place of the gin or vodka.

What if I don’t like blue cheese?

If you don’t want blue cheese, you can omit it altogether or use another cheese like goat cheese!

📖 Recipe

pasta in a bowl.

Dirty Martini Pasta Recipe

My Dirty Martini Pasta recipe went (semi) viral on TikTok, and it’s an olive lover’s DREAM! It’s salty, savory, tangy and perfectly satisfying. Made with real gin, a sprinkle of blue cheese, green olives and more!

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Course: Starter, Main Course, Side dish

Kitchen: American, Italian

Diet: Gluten free, vegetarian

Preparation time: ten minutes

Cooking time: ten minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2 people

Calories: 291kilocalories

Instructions

  • Finely chop or thinly slice 1 to 2 cloves of garlic.

  • Lightly crush or roughly chop the green olives. Zest the lemons.

  • Cook the pasta al dente in heavily salted boiling water, according to package directions, and set aside. Save about ¼ cup of pasta water.

  • Add olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir.

  • Add the lemon zest and crushed olives and sauté until fragrant and the garlic is lightly toasted, but not burnt or crispy.

  • Carefully add the gin to the hot pan and stir until almost evaporated.

  • Stir in olive brine until well combined.

  • Gradually add the butter and stir continuously to emulsify the butter until completely incorporated.

  • Add the cooked pasta and mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • If the sauce or pasta seems dry, add a little starch-infused pasta water and toss.

  • Serve hot and garnish with olives, lemon zest, fresh parsley and blue cheese crumble.

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Remarks

  • Use cold salted butter, cut into cubes. Cold butter emulsifies more effectively into the sauce, creating a creamy, glossy finish.
  • Make sure to save the pasta water. If needed at the end, salted water can help resolve any sauce issues.
  • Enjoy along the way! Many of these ingredients are very salty, so be sure to taste and adjust if necessary!

Nutrition

Calories: 291kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated fats: 1g | Monounsaturated fat: 3g | Trans fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 243UI | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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