Here's an ideal summer pasta with fresh tomatoes as the main attraction. Feta complements the tomatoes beautifully, and the heat of the pasta and hot garlic oil make the cheese meltingly soft.
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1 1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 3), seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup Kalamata or other black olives, pitted
1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons drained capers
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
3/4 pound spaghetti
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
How to Make It
In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, feta, capers, parsley, salt, and pepper.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta and the garlic oil to the tomato mixture and toss.
Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Black Olives, Garlic, and Mozzarella Use 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, in place of the feta.
Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Olives, Garlic, Feta, and Fresh Herbs Use 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 3 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon and chives, in place of the parsley.
The saltiness of the olives and feta cheese and the acidity of the tomatoes make a refreshingly fruity red wine such as a Beaujolais-Villages the perfect thing to serve.
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Review Body: So delicious. The amount of salt seemed meager for the amount of tomatoes and pasta, but was amply supplied by the olives, capers and the feta. We used a combination of parsley and basil, for a bit more herbal oomph. The tomato mixture (I used cherry tomatoes as they were the only ones ripe enough this time of year) made a lot, so I used a whole pound of spaghetti. Now there is a yummy bit left for another meal.
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2017-05-18
Author Name: Karoony
Review Body: This was exactly the base for what i wanted to make. I also used fresh basil but also added some rough chopped artichoke hearts.
Deeelish....regular rotation for sure!
Date Published: 2017-07-24
Author Name: Cristina Ochoa
Review Body: Just made this for dinner. It was so fresh and delicious, I got 2nds and packed the rest for lunches. I added basil and some cooked shrimp over top. I loved the olives and capers. Such a great recipe. Will make again.
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2018-03-28
Author Name: Skip Beitzel
Review Body: Made this for one, cut down to one tomato, and just about 1/2 of all the rest. Made one big plate full and I was full, very good
Review Rating: 4
Date Published: 2018-03-30
Author Name: Jlockg
Review Body: Love, Love this! Taste just like a dish we get at one of our favorite restaurants. Great recipe!!