Meatless Lenten Recipe - Mediterranean Pasta

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grape_tomatoesToday’s recipe was contributed by Alice Di Gioia, author of 30 Days of Easy Entrees for the Single Vegetarian.

Mediterranean Pasta
from 30 Days of Easy Entrees for the Single Vegetarian, www.alicedigioia.com

¾ cup (uncooked) Penne pasta
½ cup, about 12-14 Grape tomatoes
about 10 Cracked green olives – tip: pitted green olives can be substituted for cracked green olives
2 teaspoons Olive oil
4-5 medium fresh Basil leaves
¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

1. Boil about 1quart of cold water in a sauce pan.  Add the penne and set a timer for 9 minutes for al dente.

2. While the pasta is cooking, cut the grape tomatoes in ½ lengthwise.  Place on a serving plate.

3. Drain the cracked green olives and rinse with cold water.  Add about10 to the serving plate with the tomatoes.

4. Drain the pasta and then return to the pan. Add the olive oil and toss to coat.

5. Place the penne on the serving plate and gently mix with the olives and tomatoes. Sprinkle feta cheese over the penne mixture then season with black pepper. Tear the basil leaves onto the mixture and serve.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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