Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta nights are always the best nights. A few favorite pasta dishes include: spaghetti, baked ziti, spaghetti carbonara, and pasta primavera. Another winning pasta dish is Pasta Puttanesca. This classic pasta is full of flavor and so easy to make! Put…

Pasta nights are always the best nights. A few favorite pasta dishes include: spaghetti, baked ziti, spaghetti carbonara, and pasta primavera. Another winning pasta dish is Pasta Puttanesca. This classic pasta is full of flavor and so easy to make! Puttanesca sauce is made with basic ingredients that you probably have in your pantry; olive…

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Ordinary olives? No, siree! Take your next antipasto spread from basic to brilliant with these warm sautéed olives with lemon and rosemary.

Simply sautéing whole olives in extra virgin olive oil and serving them warm brings out their most flavorful characteristics; with the addition of fresh lemon peel and sprigs of verdant rosemary, they are are oh so juicy and simply bursting with flavor.

Turquise ceramic dish with warm mixed color olives, shiny with pieces of lemon peel and fresh rosemary, on a turquoise background.

I’ve always loved to snack on olives (the fact that I felt like I had my own personal olive brand possibly had something to do with that).

But as much as I love olives of all kinds, I have to say that warm olives are truly a revelation—the heat allows the true flavors of the olives to shine, while allowing the firm flesh to absorb even more flavor from the olive oil, lemon, and rosemary it’s cooked with.

It’s almost magical, how much better olives become by simply warming them.

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This easy Mediterranean Rice Pilaf is packed with flavors and aromas that will knock the socks off of your taste buds! Featuring raisins, pistachio nuts, and a variety of fresh herbs and spices, it is delicious and fluffy. For more flavorful Mediterran…

This easy Mediterranean Rice Pilaf is packed with flavors and aromas that will knock the socks off of your taste buds! Featuring raisins, pistachio nuts, and a variety of fresh herbs and spices, it is delicious and fluffy. For more flavorful Mediterranean-style side dishes to spice up your to your next dinner night, try my...

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Tomato & Chickpea Pasta with Goat Cheese

This wholesome tomato pasta recipe makes a wonderful weeknight dinner! This feel-good recipe is warm, comforting, and lightly creamy, but not heavy. It’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors—roasted…

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tomato chickpea pasta recipe

This wholesome tomato pasta recipe makes a wonderful weeknight dinner! This feel-good recipe is warm, comforting, and lightly creamy, but not heavy.

It’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors—roasted cherry tomatoes, hearty chickpeas, creamy goat cheese, pops of briny olives, and garlic. Each one benefits from the heat of the oven, and the end result is just fantastic.

tomato chickpea pasta ingredients

I love how this recipe comes together and I think you will, too. Basically, we’ll cook the pasta on the stovetop and roast the remaining ingredients in one baking dish. Stir it all together, add fresh basil, and you’re ready to eat. You’ll have plenty of time in between steps to tidy the kitchen or chat.

This recipe is a variation on last summer’s Baked Feta Dip with Cherry Tomatoes, which was inspired by the viral TikTok roasted cherry tomato and feta pasta and Deb’s version of it.

It’s always fun to see how recipes morph over time, and this one is a real winner. Please give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Arroz Con Salchichas (Puerto Rican Rice With Sausage)

This Puerto Rican Arroz Con Salchichas recipe is a budget-friendly quick weeknight meal of rice and sausage that’s filling and flavorful!

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Arroz Con Salchichas, or Puerto Rican Rice and Sausage, is one of my favorite pantry meals because it’s comforting, easy to make, and packed with flavor. As Beth would say, just put an egg on it and then eat until you hate yourself. (OK… that last part is all me.) PS It comes in under a dollar per serving and can be made in under an hour!

Overhead shot of wooden spoon in a red Dutch oven full of Arroz Con Salchichas.

A Note On Authenticity

This is not a historically authentic recipe. We strive to create recipes that are accessible to everyone, which means ingredients need to be available at a mainstream budget grocery store. We test recipes using the least amount of steps, tools, and ingredients while still honoring the spirit of the recipe. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and look forward to a time when our ingredients are available in mainstream markets. Until then, buen provecho!

What Is Arroz Con Salchichas?

Arroz con salchichas, or rice with sausage, is a classic comfort food in many Latin American cultures. In Puerto Rico, it’s a staple weeknight meal traditionally made with canned Vienna sausages cooked in a flavorful sofrito sauce and yellow rice studded with briny olives and capers. Sometimes corn is added as well.

Ingredients for Arroz Con Salchichas

My recipe for Arroz Con Salchichas is pretty traditional. I keep it budget friendly by skipping the corn and the salt pork that’s present in many of my little island’s rice dishes. But if you’d like to add them in, fry about a 1/4 cup of diced salt pork before the sofrito hits the pan, and add about 1 1/2 cups of frozen, fresh, or drained canned corn when you add the olives. Here’s what you’ll need to make my easy Arroz Con Salchichas.

  • Sofrito – this powerful Puerto Rican blend of aromatics is the flavor base of many of our savory dishes. Canned sofrito is available, but fresh will always be better. Check out my simple recipe for a basic Puerto Rican Sofrito.
  • Adobo and Sazón– these spice blends give the rice a beautiful golden color and add earthy notes to the dish. If you can’t find adobo and sazón in your neck of the woods, I’ve included basic recipes in the notes section of the recipe card.
  • Tomato Sauce– helps add acidity and color to the dish.
  • Onion, Garlic, and Cilantro – these aromatics add earthy notes to the dish. Substitute the onion with 1 tablespoon of onion powder and the garlic with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder. If you don’t have cilantro, substitute it with fresh Italian parsley or just skip it.
  • Vienna Sausages– these small open-ended canned sausages taste a little like hot dogs, though they are softer in texture. They bulk up the rice and add deep meaty flavors. Substitute them with any sausage or hot dog.
  • Rice – traditionally, in Puerto Rico, medium-grain white rice is used. But in the Budget Bytes kitchen, we use long-grain Jasmine Rice. Feel free to use whatever rice you prefer, just follow the package directions for cooking times and cooking liquid amounts.
  • Olives and Capers– this mixture is known as Alcaparrado and delivers a pop of acidic brininess to every bite! If you don’t have olives or capers, just skip them and add two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar instead.
Overhead shot of wooden spoon serving rice out of a red Dutch oven onto a white plate.

Arroz Con Salchichas Variations

One of my favorite things about Arroz con Salchichas is how easy it is to customize. You can use brown rice or wild rice. Just follow the package directions for cook time and adjust your liquid. Add corn or other veggies you have on hand to bulk it up. Though it’s not traditional, I sometimes add peas, carrots, or diced tomatoes. If you don’t have Vienna sausages try:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Chorizo
  • Kielbasa
  • Spam
  • Chicken Sausage

What To Serve with Arroz Con Salchichas

Arroz Con Salchichas pairs beautifully with Ensalada de Aguacate (Avocado Salad), Yuca En Escabeche (Pickled Yuca), or the beans in this easy Puerto Rican Rice and Beans recipe. It’s also fantastic with Fried Eggs.

How To Store Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftover Arroz Con Salchichas in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also portion the rice and freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. Reheat in a microwave until steaming.

Overhead shot of Arroz Con Salchichas on a plate with a hand holding a forkful.
Overhead shot of wooden spoon in a red Dutch oven full of Arroz Con Salchichas.
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Arroz Con Salchichas

This Puerto Rican Arroz Con Salchichas recipe is a budget-friendly quick weeknight meal of rice and sausage that's both filling and flavorful. Make it once and you'll put it in heavy rotation!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Latin
Total Cost $5.39 recipe / $0.90 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 about 1.5 cups each
Calories 376kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1 Tbsp adobo* $0.30
  • 1 packet sazón** $0.19
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion $0.19
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic $0.24
  • 1/4 cup sofrito $0.36
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce $0.06
  • 2 Tbsp pimiento stuffed Spanish olives $0.29
  • 2 tsp capers $0.21
  • 2 5oz. cans Vienna sausages $1.50
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice $0.74
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, boiling $1.12
  • 1 tsp salt $0.04
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves for garnish $0.11

Instructions

  • Add the cooking oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat. Add the adobo and sazón and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the diced yellow onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the sofrito, tomato sauce, green olives, and capers to the pot, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. In the meantime, slice the Vienna sausages into 1/2-inch-thick rounds and rinse the rice until the water runs clear, making sure to drain off all excess water after rinsing.
  • Add the sliced Vienna sausages to the pot and sauté until browned. Finally, add the rinsed rice, salt, and boiling chicken broth to the pot. Stir and bring to a hard boil, with large bubbles breaking through the surface of the rice. Stir once more, turn the heat to low, and cover the pot.
  • Simmer the rice over low until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Take the pot off the heat, but leave it covered. Let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover, stir the rice, taste, and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Stir in cilantro leaves then serve yourself a big bowl full and prepare to chow!

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Notes

*If you cannot source adobo, mix your own and then use the amount called for in the recipe. Store the rest in an airtight container.
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
**A packet of sazón contains about 1.5 teaspoons of sazón. If you cannot source sazón, use the following:
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground annatto
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
  •  
 Sazón and adobo share a lot of similar ingredients but are used at different points in the cooking process and will develop slightly different colors and flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 1328mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Arroz Con Salchichas – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of a hand adding onion to a red Dutch oven while a second hand stirs with a wooden spoon.

Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon adobo and 1 packet of sazón and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Then, add the 1/4 cup of diced yellow onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Next, add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Overhead shot of sofrito, tomato sauce, olives and capers in a red Dutch oven.

Add the 1/4 cup of sofrito, 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons of green olives, and 2 teaspoons of capers, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. If you are planning to add corn or other veggies, put them in the pot now as well.

Overhead shot of salchichas added to sofrito, tomato sauce, olives and capers in a red Dutch ov

Add two 5-ounce cans of drained and sliced Vienna sausages and saute until browned. Finally, add 2 cups of rice, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 1/2 cups of boiling chicken broth. Stir and bring to a hard boil, with large bubbles breaking through the surface of the rice. Stir once more, turn the heat to low, and cover the pot.

Overhead shot of Arroz Con Salchichas in a red Dutch Oven.

Simmer the rice over low heat until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Take the pot off the heat, but leave it covered. Let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover, stir the rice, taste, and adjust the seasoning to your liking, if needed. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves.

Overhead shot of Arroz Con Salchichas on a plate in the background with a fork holding some in the foreground.

Then serve yourself a big bowl full! You can garnish, like I did, with freshly sliced avocado. I also prepare for a happy belly, by undoing the top button of my jeans, but you do you. As we say in Puerto Rico, “Buen provecho!”

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It’s a fresh, flavorful, satisfying plant-based meal that’s easy to make and been on repeat in our kitchens lately. Let’s make it!

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Here’s a pizza topping combination that’s stunningly simple and one of the best pies around. Try this Olive Pizza! The simpler the better with Italian cuisine, and we’ve found that with pizza, a few curated ingredients can make magic. Here a mix of briny green and black olives interplay with thin slivers of red onion, pops of salty capers, and gooey mozzarella cheese. It’s one dream pie for olive lovers! We couldn’t get enough of this pie: the flavor is surprisingly greater than the sum of its parts.

Ingredients for olive pizza

This olive pizza is perfect for lovers of this ingredient, but even the olive averse might be swayed by this pie. The olives used here are ripe olives, and their flavor is a burst of salty and savory. They’re less briny than a pimento-stuffed olive and not as strong as the super-salty Kalamata. We like a variety called Castelvetrano for the green olives, which has a milder flavor and buttery texture. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

Olive Pizza

What are Castelvetrano olives?

Castelvetrano olives are a green olive variety grown in Sicily with a signature rich, buttery flavor and crisp texture. They have a mild and fruity flavor, making them suitable for people who shy away from very strong and briny varieties. Unlike other olives, they’re not cured: they’re washed in lye and water for a few weeks until the bitter flavor is removed.

There’s something about the buttery, mild flavor of Castelvetranos that’s unlike any other type. We’ve served these to people who claim not to like olives, only to have them park themselves in front of the bowl! They’re the perfect addition to this olive pizza.

Green Olive Pizza

Recipes for homemade pizza dough

The trick to the best olive pizza? Homemade pizza dough. Check out that photo: see that beautiful pillowy crust? This crust recipe works perfectly in a standard oven or pizza oven to make next-level, artisan style pies. Pick from these recipes:

  • Best Pizza Dough: The standard! This is our best oven pizza dough and works best on a pizza stone.
  • Thin Crust Pizza Dough: It’s easy and you can roll it out instead of stretching it.
  • Pizza Oven Dough: Got a pizza oven? This is the dough recipe for you.
  • Alternatives: Try a Pan Pizza in a cast iron skillet, no special pizza tools required. Or, make our Best-Ever Sheet Pan Pizza for serving a crowd: it makes the equivalent of two pizzas in a sheet pan.

Pizza making tools

Great pizza requires a few tools. If you choose the standard or thin crust pizza recipes above, you’ll need a stone and peel. (Pizza ovens typically come with their own pizza peel that can withstand the high temperatures.) The pan pizza and sheet pan pizza above require no extra tools. :

  • Pizza stone: Baking on a pizza stones makes the crust crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Here’s the pizza stone we recommend.
  • Pizza peel: A peel is a paddle used to slide a pie onto the hot stone in the oven. We recommend this standard pizza peel or this conveyor pizza peel, which makes transferring to the oven a breeze.
  • Pizza oven (optional): An outdoor pizza oven makes next level pizza! We own and have experience with both the Ooni pizza oven and the ROCCBOX (the ROCCBOX is our preferred). We used a pizza oven to get the charred crust you see in the photos.
Olive Pizza

Olive pizza variations

There are lots more ways to make an olive pizza! Here are a few topping ideas you might also enjoy that go well with the flavor profile:

  • Kalamata olives instead of green and black olives (use less since they have a stronger, saltier flavor)
  • Feta cheese (but keep it light to balance the salty olives)
  • Goat cheese or ricotta cheese, in dollops
  • Sausage crumbles
  • Prosciutto
  • Hot honey
  • Spinach, frozen and thawed (see this Spinach Pizza)
  • Jarred roasted red pepper, cut into strips
  • Fresh herbs like chives, oregano, thyme, or basil

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Olive Pizza

Olive Pizza


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza DoughThin Crust Pizza Dough or Pizza Oven Dough recipes to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Homemade Pizza Sauce. (You’ll use about ½ cup for the pizza; reserve the remaining sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
  4. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough. Add the mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Top with the sliced olives, red onion, and capers, then sprinkle with dried oregano.
  6. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 to 2 minutes in a pizza oven).
  7. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before slicing into pieces. Serve immediately.

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It’s a super satisfying side perfect for your next gathering or an easy weekend lunch when you include the optional eggs! Bonus? Just 9 ingredients required. Let us show you how!

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