Greek Penne

"Here's an easy dish that always gets compliments. The feta cheese and pine nuts give this pasta its Greek nature. I've reduced the fat by mixing in fat-free cottage cheese."
photo by Karen Elizabeth photo by Karen Elizabeth
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  • Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a skillet, add 3 teaspoons of the olive oil and heat gently.
  • Add onion, garlic and pine nuts and cook till onions are translucent.
  • Stir in drained spinach, tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add wine and water. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, blend feta cheese and cottage cheese with a pastry blender.
  • Place drained pasta into skillet and heat, drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil and toss.
  • Add cheese mixture, spinach mixture, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes and toss again.
  • Heat for about 2 more minutes.
  • Serve immediately into plates. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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  1. Delightful dish! It definitely had a Mediterranean touch and I loved the pine nuts. And it's so easy to prepare, too. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing your recipe, Dedee Royale. Made for Spring 2013 Pick-A-Chef.
  2. Very good, very simple. I used baby spinach leaves, simply mixing them in and letting them cook, and a lovely soft feta that I get from a local market. The pine nuts are always a lovely addition, and overall, this is a fresh and tasty pasta dish that is sure to get compliments, we really enjoyed it. Thanks Dedee, made for PAC Fall 2011


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