Spaghetti with Feta and Capers

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Back in December, I had the opportunity to watch a cooking demonstration by the chef from a local Italian restaurant. He made all sorts of wonderful dishes, but the one that impressed me the most was a briny, saucy pasta dish. Looking back I can’t remember if his version actually had feta in it or not, but the idea of a soft, salty cheese with pasta has been in the back of my head ever since. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that last week I just did not feel like cooking. At all. I didn’t really feel like eating either. It was simple, delicious recipes like this one that got me through to week – this takes very little effort to make, but the result is impressive. The feta really adds something special to the pasta and makes it seem a little more special. (And don’t worry, I made an awesome grocery list for this week and am back to my normal self!)

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While you could use your favorite jarred sauce for this to make it even easier, I find that it’s just as easy to make my own. Pasta sauce really is a snap to make and it taste so much better than store-bought! San Marzano tomatoes were on sale, so I used those and I recommend that you do too. I find them to be slightly sweeter and less acidic than other canned tomatoes, resulting in a sauce that tastes like you made it from ripe, summer tomatoes. If you can’t find San Marzano’s (they can be difficult to find and are pretty pricey if they aren’t on sale), feel free to use your favorite brand of peeled plum tomatoes.

I served my sauce on top of spinach linguini. No real reason for that. I don’t think it tastes any different than plain pasta and the nutritional differences are negligible. Honestly, I just like the way that it looks. Green pasta is so much more fun to eat than beige pasta!

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Spaghetti with Feta and Capers

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 28-ounce can peeled plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
  • 1 hand full fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 Tbs capers
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 8 ounces spaghetti, cooked according to package

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil. When the oil is hot and begins to shimmer, add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute, then immediately add the tomatoes and oregano. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally and using your spoon to press on the tomatoes to help break them down. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Stir in the capers and season to taste with pepper.

To serve, spoon the sauce on top of the prepared spaghetti. Top with feta.

Serves 4.

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Comments

  1. oh wow great Italian simple and oh so good

  2. Not only does it sound delicious, it is visually stunning! This is lovely in its simplicity.

  3. I love green pasta as well! Feta makes any pasta taste better.

  4. “green pasta” is my sons all time favorite – this looks so good!

  5. I haven’t had spinach pasta in years – but you’re right – it’s a lot more fun than the beige stuff. It looks especially amazing in this dish!

  6. YOu could also use a Ricotta salata (dry Ricotta) in this instead of Feta.

  7. Simple, easy and of course delicious. Mmmm…Nothing like a good pasta dish to put a smile on my face.

  8. Lovely flavors and lovely looking! I couldn’t help but think of the Italian flag when I saw it!

  9. I am so in the mood for noodles… I need to kick this carb craving stat!

    I have fresh mussels coming in tonigt and cant help imagining that spaghetti right next to it! mmm. mussels and marinara

  10. I’m gonna agree with you on the green pasta front. My mom used to make tri-colored pasta for us and I swear it tasted different than regular pasta. At least to my adolescent self.

    This sounds amazing! I love really salty things..feta and capers are a must-have!

  11. So pretty with spinach pasta and I love the addition of feta!

  12. Your photos are GORGEOUS!!! and just the thought of a briny sauce makes my mouth water…mmmmmmm :)

    I would just say keep up the great work, your blog is awesome and beautiful!

  13. mmmmm I’ve never had feta with pasta but I bet its totally amazing! So creamy. Going to take your survey now ;)

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