Meatless Friday: Greek Pasta

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This recipe came from one of my favorite cookbooks — a heart-healthy cookbook. It tastes great, is healthy, and my family thought it tasted like restaurant food. To me, that’s the ultimate compliment because we rarely eat out and they always enjoy it when we do — food always tastes better when someone else cooks.

This recipe has whole grains, olives and olive oil, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, and herbs — which all contribute to lowering cholesterol and a healthier heart.

Greek Pasta

6 servings
greek pasta Barbara Stein12 oz. whole wheat pasta (I used penne)
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (I used two)
1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, soaked in water, drained
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 T. chopped fresh basil
10 oz. baby spinach, washed
4 oz. fat-free feta cheese (I used low-fat)
1/2 c. kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

 

Prepare pasta according to directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain.
In the same pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes — do not brown. Add tomatoes, parsley, and basil, and cook, stirring occasionally, for two minutes longer. Add the pasta, spinach, cheese and olives, and toss to coat well. Add a little of the pasta water if necessary to moisten.

 

Copyright 2014 Barbara Stein

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Barbara is a Catholic wife of 31 years and mother to four children, and a daughter-in-law, living in central Ohio. A former homeschooler, now owner of an Etsy shops, and part-time administrative assistant, she enjoys spending her spare time praying, cooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, making rosaries, and reading. Barbara loves our Church and living the liturgical year, celebrating the lives of great saints, and cooking for their feast days and holy days. Visit her blog, prayingforgrace.blogspot.com and her Etsy Shop, Mary Devotions.

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