Mediterranean Pasta with Pine Nuts and Feta

My feta obsession continues with this recipe for flavorful Mediterranean pasta with pine nuts and feta. It’s another quick and easy meal that comes together in about the time it takes to cook the pasta. And, because it has cheese, vegetables, nuts, and carbs it’s a filling main dish (although a side salad never hurt anyone). I was originally inspired by this recipe from the March, 2011 issue of Cooking Light Magazine. The ingredients are basically the same, but the quantities are all different and I omitted basil while adding lemon juice and balsamic for a bit of acidity. I also used fresh red peppers instead of roasted, and I enjoyed the bite that it gave to the dish. Finally, instead of toasting the pine nuts separately, I just added them in with the onions and peppers, which allowed them to get a nice golden brown.

Mediterranean Pasta-5

5.0 from 7 reviews
Mediterranean Pasta with Pine Nuts and Feta
 
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Inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, this simple, quick weeknight pasta is likely to be in frequent rotation once you give a try. It's hard to go wrong with garlic, onions, peppers, pine nuts, and feta.
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Recipe Type: Entree
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fusilli or pasta of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 red pepper, sliced and cut in thirds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons julienne fresh mint
  • 1 cup crumbled feta or Bulgarian cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta water, and put aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, pepper, and garlic and cook until quite soft, stirring often.
  3. Add the pine nuts and cook until toasted and light brown.
  4. Add the pasta, lemon juice, balsamic, and a splash of reserved pasta water. Toss to coat.
  5. Add the mint and feta and season to taste with salt (go easy as the feta is salty) and freshly ground pepper. Toss and serve immediately.
Notes
Kosher Parve, Vegetarian

 


52 Comments

  1. You and I are thinking along the same vein…I have peppers, pine nuts and feta in my fridge waiting to become something yummy. I will using rice, though.

  2. I love roast red peppers, but usually just use fresh – it’s so much easier! Particularly in a dish like this, and combined with the lemon and balsamic vinegar, I think the more assertive flavor of the raw peppers would work better. Nice combo of flavors – I’ll bet the feta tasted great. Thanks!

  3. Katherine, your pasta looks delicious!

  4. What a bright pasta! I bet is delicious!

  5. We are BIG feta fans as well and often add it pasta. Looks like a very tasty recipe.

  6. Looks yummy and fresh! I’ll have to make this as a weekday meal, thanks for sharing

  7. Love the simplicity of this pasta. Was checking your featured page today and found that you have many feathers in your cap.

  8. This looks delicious! Like you – I’m a fan of Feta cheese! …there’s something about that salty, creamy taste that I can’t resist!

    • Thanks Ann! Feta is the best – I can’t believe I used to not like it! I fell like my life is much improved as a feta lover 🙂

  9. This also makes a great pasta salad served cold or at room temperature. I make something very similar when the days heat up in summer. 😉

  10. This looks clean and super fresh. I love feta and all it does to a dish!
    Great post and thanks..

  11. Hi Katherine…. if you love fetta, you would love the marinate pepper fetta that I tried recently… so delicious! http://www.bizzylizzysgoodthings.com/3/post/2012/01/willowbrae-chevre-cheese.html

  12. Simple and delicious! Perfect for a weeknight dinner…love the flavors in this pasta, Katherine~

  13. Simply flavourful and delicious!

  14. My type of salad just love it – i have a very similar recipe i make 🙂

  15. I also am having a feta obsession and this pasta looks like the perfect place to start it up all over again! YUM! c

  16. Very simple yet lots of flavors from each ingredients. Your pastas look always delicious. So hard to control my carb craving!!

    • Aw thanks Nami! I know, I’ve cut back a lot on pasta in recent years – growing up we ate it every single night, no joke.

    • Rachael

      Use whole wheat pasta! it is a common misconception that carbs are bad for you.

      • Great point Rachel, thanks! As mentioned, I grew up on a very (non whole wheat) pasta-heavy diet and everyone in my family is quite slim and healthy. That being said, I have diversified my diet a lot and now eat pasta only about once a week, if that. I’ve never been one to diet, and I believe in everything in moderation.

  17. I love feta a lot as well as pasta:)) Your combination is amazing…love your recipe, and of course I have to make it..it’s pasta:))
    Congrats on the top 9!!!

  18. This is a kind of simple dish that I always love in a pasta dish, and with feta cheese make this a winner to have 🙂
    Tq for sharing and congratz on Foodbuzz Top 9 today! 😉

  19. I adore pine nuts, and who can resist fresh feta? 🙂 Great, simple dish I’d love to enjoy anytime.

  20. Looks wonderful, a very elegant pasta dish love pine nuts. Congrats on the Top 9. Have a wonderful day.

  21. Congrats on the Top 9!

    This looks like a pasta that I would enjoy very much! I am a huge fan of feta, I think it is one of the best cheeses

  22. Hi Katherine! I love this pasta! Congratulations on the Top 9!

  23. I love this pasta dish. I made some feta the other day and it’s screaming to be paired up with all these lovely ingredients. Can’t wait.

  24. This is just the way I would love to have my pasta 🙂

  25. This is so delicious! I decided to add in some olives and it really turned out awesome. Thanks for the recipe it’s wonderful!

    • What a great addition! I’ll have to try it that way next time. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know how it turned out 🙂

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