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Feta Cheese on Pasta

Spaghetti with Tomato, Garlic and Feta Cheese

A quick and easy meatless meal for any day of the week.
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Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 2 servings whole wheat spaghetti pasta
  • Water for boiling the pasta
  • 3 dashes salt for the boiling water

For the Vegetables and Tomatoes:

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper Slice the jalapeno widthwise into “rings” and then cut the rings in half, and remove the seeds
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For the Toppings:

  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole lime

Instructions

For the Pasta:

  • In a medium size pot, add hot water and salt.  Heat the pot on medium heat and bring to a boil. 
  • Add pasta to the pot and stir. Cook the pasta until its al-dente (according to package instructions).  With tongs, transfer the pasta to a bowl and reserve the water in the pot.  Set aside.
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce and toppings so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Vegetables and Tomatoes:

  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno.  Sauté for 4 minutes.
  • To the pan, add tomatoes, garlic, pepper, salt (add ¼ teaspoon salt, or salt to taste), and ½ cup of chopped cilantro. Stir together and add butter.  Continue to stir after the butter melts.

For the Toppings and Servings:

  • Dip the pasta real quick back in the pot of warm water it was cooked in to warm it up and make it flexible.
  • To serving plates, add the pasta.
  • Top with the tomato and vegetable mixture, remaining cilantro, crumbled feta cheese, and the lime juice. 
  • Serve warm.

Notes

TIP:

Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce and toppings so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.