I am stealing this Foodie Friday right from the Food Network. Unfortunately, I don’t know what show I was watching when I saw this recipe so I can’t give it proper credit, although the spinach in both the pasta and the salad was my idea. All I know is that it was a white lady with short brown hair that got the ball rolling. The feta sauce is great because it has the taste and feel of an alfredo without the heavy cream and all the fattier cheeses.
Salad- 1 serving
-2 cups fresh spinach
-3 artichoke hears, halved
-Few slices red onion
-½ tomato cut into wedges
-3 kalmata olives, halved and pitted
-Little bit of feta sprinkled on top
Salad Dressing- 3 servings
-2 tbsp store bought pesto (you can make your own if you are cool or allegic to pine nuts)
-2tbsp balsamic vinegar
Pasta- 4-6 servings
-1 package whole wheat rottini
-1 normal sized (yeah I suck at measuring and noting sizes remember) package feta cheese, feel free to use fat free cause it was delicious (less a little to sprinkle over the salad)
-4 roasted red peppers julienned (I buy the kind in water so they aren’t as oily)
-1 onion diced any kind you like. I like the sweet ones.
-2 cloves garlic minced
-3tbsp olive oil
-Heat the olive oil over medium heat
-Add onion and cook for two minutes
-Add garlic and cook for two more minutes
-Add roasted red pepper cook for about 3 minutes
-While things are cooking, put feta in a food processor or blender, blend
-Add pepper mixture to the food processor, blend
-Be shocked at how well this turns into a creamy sauce
-Saute about a cup of spinach in the already hot sauce, pan when limp (2-3 min) stir into the sauce
-Serve over whole wheat pasta (this sauce holds up really well to the thicker taste of whole wheat pasta so I thought it was perfect)
This meal was not only beautiful but was utterly delicious. Unlike most alfredo sauces this one reheats well. It was a most phenomenally quick meal to prepare and looked and tasted like some serious five star cooking. It didn’t even need seasoning, the feta is salty enough and, while pepper may have been fine it wasn’t necessary.
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