Pasta with Spinach, Pine Nuts and Feta

Looking for a delicious meatless meal?  Pasta with Spinach, Pine Nuts and Feta fits the bill perfectly. When I got married 13 years ago, my dear friends and family supplied me with a recipe box full of their favorite dishes. This is one of my most cherished wedding shower gifts. It is the proverbial "gift that keeps on giving." Pasta with Spinach, Pine Nuts and Feta  was put in the recipe box by my sweet SIL, Donna, who still shares the best recipes with me. Now I will share it with you.
Here's what you need:  pasta (I use penne, but the actual recipe called for mostaccioli),frozen spinach, pine nuts, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, butter, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper

Here's how you make it:  Start boiling your water for the pasta. Start the spinach mixture by melting butter with 2 TBSP of olive oil. Saute pine nuts and garlic until light brown and fragrant. (Mercy, does this ever smell good!)
 Add spinach and tomatoes ...heat through. Meanwhile, finish up cooking your pasta.
Place cooked pasta in serving dish, add the remaining oil and toss.  Pour the spinach mixture over the pasta and toss.
 Add feta cheese and season with salt and pepper.
 Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese and some crusty french bread.
Pasta with Spinach, Pine Nuts and Feta (Serves 8)
1 Tbsp butter
8 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
5 garlic cloves, minced (I use jarred)
2 10 oz. packages frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
4 large roma tomatoes, finely chopped
12 oz. tub crumbled feta cheese
2 16 oz. boxes of pasta (penne, mostaccioli, or any other tube variety)

Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Melt butter with 2 Tbsp oil. Saute pine nuts and garlic until light brown. Add the spinach and finely chopped tomatoes and heat through. Place cooked pasta in serving dish, add remaining oil and toss.  Pour spinach/pine nut mixture over pasta and toss.  Add feta cheese, season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese and crusty french bread. (note: I half the recipe for our small family)

My SIL wrote at the end of the recipe, "finish this off with Breyer's ice cream and chocolate sauce and  exercise in the morning:-)." Sounds good to me.  Who am I to argue with such a wise woman?

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20 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks fantastic! I am definitely trying this because I have a sick obsession with pine nuts. Thanks for the follow. Happily following you back. Come join my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-9.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  2. Wow! I've been really into meatless lately... I love meat, I just am so turned off by what they put into it. This meal looks divine! The cheeses, the spinach, the variety of flavors pair so well together!

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  3. yum

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party that runs from Saturday-Thursday @ www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  4. All my favorites, yum! What a great recipe share! Pinning!!! I saw your link at The Frugal Girls link party! Have a great weekend! Cheers ~ Mary, SweetLittleBluebird.com

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  5. Wish I could eat the screen that looks SO good! Featuring on my FB page and thanks for linking up to Miss Information!

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  6. This looks SOOOO good! AND I have all of the ingredients, I may have to whip it up for dinner tonight:) Thank you so much for sharing at my link party!
    xxx
    Kim

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  7. While surfing the net, I came accross this recipe..lovely! I'm going to try this one very soon as I eat meatless.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing. My family loves SPINACH this is the perfect recipe for us. I just showed it to my husband and he is excited - sounds so yummy. Visiting from the Bowdabra Blog link party.

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  9. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty! You've been coming up with some great recipes! this one caught my eye since I love pasta, feta and pine nuts. What a great combination! My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration tonight with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing!

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  10. This looks devine! Going to try it this week!

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  11. That looks just amazing! I love dishes like this, and I think I'll add the fresh basil from my garden. I've got a ton of it this year and am always looking for places to use it. :-)

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  12. Wow that looks so good! Pine nuts and feta, it is hard to go wrong with either of those :)

    I wanted to take a second to invite you over to my blog and to submit to my link party if you'd like. Have a great week!

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  13. I'm a HUGE fan of pasta, and this looks wonderful. Such a great alternative to marinara sauce and so healthy. I'm visiting from The Dedicated House and I'm putting the ingredients on my shopping list right now.
    Babs

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  14. Spinach and Feta are the best compliments. I love how healthy this pasta dish is and how tasty it must be. Please share it today on foodie friday.

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  15. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see yo again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. I would love to feature this on Tuesday at Its So Very Cheri but I would need a link to Its So Very Cheri in the post. E-mail me if you add it in and I would be happy to feature you.

    Cheri
    cheri.peoples@live.com

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  17. Yay! You were featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday. Thanks so much for partying with us :)

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  18. This sounds wonderful - I bet my whole family would just love it! Pinned it to try :)

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  19. My mouth is watering, literally. Pinned, and i will be making this! Thanks for bringing it to the oldies party.

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