Healthy Greek Pasta

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Halloween is only two days away which means I still have time to sneak in another healthy recipe before for the proverbial candy hits the fan. This Greek inspired dish is fiber rich which will sustain you through hours of trick-or-treating, flavor packed to help you avoid dipping your hand into the candy bowl, and takes less than 15-mintues to make allowing you to focus your time and energy on dressing your little ghosts and goblins!

Healthy Greek Pasta

Serves 4-6

  • 1 (13¼ ounce) box of pasta (I used whole wheat, but you could use any kind)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4½ cups water
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 pint of tomatoes, halved (Cherry or Grape tomatoes work best)
  • 1 (4.75 ounce) jar of Kalamata olives
  • zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6-8 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine pasta, oil, water, leeks, tomatoes, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt & pepper in a large straight-sided skillet. IMG_1533

Bring to a boil over high heat, and continue to boil, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 9 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and stir in olives and basil, toss to combine. Sprinkle with ¼ cup feta cheese and toss again. Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl or to individual dinner plates and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup feta cheese.IMG_1545IMG_1549

Sidekick: Serve with a heaping bowl of Halloween candy and a chilled glass of dry rosé, or an Oktoberfest beer of your choice.

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