Mediterranean Penne

"I don't know how this recipe came to be, I've altered it so frequently I don't even remember my original recipe. My newest alteration? Incorporating sundried tomatoes! My husband says it was my best yet, so I'm posting it. Play around with it, I'd love to hear your honest reviews and comments."
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
photo by Carla C. photo by Carla C.
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  • In a large pot, cook penne according to package directions.
  • (I sometimes like to add vegetable boullion to the water during cooking to give the penne a little extra flavor); Drain and set aside.
  • In a large wok style pan combine onions, peppers, garlic and Italian herbs with olive oil and sauteé until tender crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Mix in the kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes, cook another 2 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Add the cooked penne, feta and freshly ground black pepper to the pan and toss gently to mix.
  • Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until feta begins to melt.
  • Top each serving with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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  1. Food Snob
    WOW, this is really amazing, and I haven't even stopped 'taste-testing' long enough to get the parmesan cheese on! I also used the chicken bouillion. Because my dh doesn't consider it a meal without meat, I also tossed in some left over cooked turkey, tastes great and I'll be serving it with galic bread and a salad! I needed to add that this also is amazing as a cold pasta salad. You may need to drizzle with a bit of olive oil before serving just to moisten the pasta.
  2. TheCatwoman
    This is a wonderful recipe!!! So far, I've used kalamata olives from my grocery store mediterranean olive bar and crumbled feta with basil and sun-dried tomato (already together) in combination with the sun-dried tomato in the recipe!!! I've also used red, yellow and orange bell peppers instead of the green, and such a delicate mix of flavors!!!! I enjoy this recipe; it is a winner!!!! Thank you, Carla!!!
  3. Southern Lady
    The vegies were tender and crisp - nothing overpowered the other's flavor yet the blend was pleasant and enjoyable. I used fresh tomato and only had 2 bell peppers on-hand. Will try as written the next time. Great side dish or summer entree.
  4. pines506
    This was awesome. I took Carla's suggestion, but used Chicken bouillon for cooking the pasta. This was such a great meal to put together after work. I have never tried this combination before, but it is definitely a keeper! Thanks Carla!
  5. Vic17460
    Well done. A recipe that demonstrates that in food, simplicity can be elegance. I had some left over basil and feta, and tried this for lunch. I cut it in fourths – well, at least the pasta. (I only had elbow-roni to work with.) Each taste is well balanced, and this is a quick meal. I would recommend it for a cook beginning to explore the Mediterranean table. Or even a cook just beginning to cook, play with amounts and see how the results changes. I would recommend this for any experienced cook because it is fun and good. It brings us back to our roots.


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