Mediterranean Style Rotini

Maggie May Schill

By
@NakedMaggie

I cook according to what is on sale, or in season. It is really a cost cutting measure. Feta was on sale at my local Publix last week, so I was experimenting with a lot of feta recipes. Along with some in season spring ripened tomatoes and Georgian Sweet onions, I got a pretty good Vegetarian evening meal!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Prep:
5 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

3 c
rotini pasta
2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
1 c
sweet onion, diced
4 clove
garlic, minced
2 c
ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 c
green bell pepper, diced
3 Tbsp
fresh basil, chopped
1/2 Tbsp
garlic powder
1/2 c
kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1/4 tsp
dried dill
1/2 pinch
red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp
paprika, sweet mild
salt and pepper to taste
1 c
crumbled feta cheese

Step-By-Step

1Cook pasta to al dente. Set aside. (Be sure to salt water you cook your pasta in. This is your only chance to season your pasta prior to tossing.)
2In a saute pan with heat set to medium, add olive oil to pan.
3Once pan has risen just under smoking temperature add garlic and saute for about a minute.
4Add onions to the pan and continue to saute for 2 more minutes until onions are translucent. Do not allow onions to caramelize, it'll make the dish more bitter than I had planned it to be.
5With pan still on medium, add bell peppers to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes uncovered.
6Add tomatoes to the pan and stir. Lightly salt the pan to draw the moisture out of the tomatoes.

Depending on your tomatoes and how juicy they are, you might need to drain the dish if the tomatoes make the pan too watery. Using fresh tomatoes will help you avoid this problem. Tomatoes that have been left to sit a long time drain more water.
7Add basil to your dish and stir. Immediately add your paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, pepper flakes and dill to the dish. Stir until completely incorporated.
8Add sliced olives to the pan. Cook covered for about 5 minutes.
9Remove pan from heat.
10Place pasta in a large bowl or dish and pour your pan's mixture over the pasta.
11Sprinkle your feta over the pasta dish and serve immediately.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy