Exotic Za’atar and Labneh Spaghetti Fusion


Embark on a culinary journey with our Exotic Za’atar and Labneh Spaghetti Fusion, where the traditional Italian pasta meets the bold flavors of the Middle East. This unique dish combines the aromatic earthiness of za’atar with the creamy tanginess of labneh, creating a flavorful experience that's both comforting and refreshing. Perfect for those looking to explore international cuisines or simply add a twist to their pasta night, this fusion dish is sure to intrigue your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Exotic Za’atar and Labneh Spaghetti Fusion

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 200 grams (7 ounces)

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 360 kcal
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg


  • 400 grams (14 ounces) spaghetti
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) labneh
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper flakes, for added heat

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and reserve a cup of pasta water.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and za’atar, stirring for about 1 minute until fragrant. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the labneh with the cooked spaghetti, adding a little reserved pasta water to create a creamy consistency.
  4. Pour the za’atar oil over the spaghetti and labneh mixture. Add the cherry tomatoes and toss until everything is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If desired, add crushed red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving. Enjoy warm.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the labneh is at room temperature to mix easily with the pasta.
  • Adjust the amount of za’atar and garlic according to your taste preferences.
  • The reserved pasta water helps in creating a silky, smooth sauce that clings to the spaghetti.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use yogurt instead of labneh?

Yes, Greek yogurt is a good substitute but might be slightly less tangy than labneh.

What is za’atar?

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend made from dried herbs, sesame seeds, sumac, and salt.

Can I add protein to this dish?

Absolutely! Grilled chicken or shrimp would complement the flavors beautifully.

The Exotic Za’atar and Labneh Spaghetti Fusion brings a delightful twist to your dining table, blending the warmth of Mediterranean spices with the cool, creamy texture of labneh. This dish is a testament to the magic of combining simple ingredients to create a gourmet experience that's both nourishing and indulgent. Let this fusion inspire you to explore the endless possibilities of culinary creativity, making every meal an adventure.