Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Flavours of the Mediterranean" Pasta Bake

Olives, mushrooms, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, feta....doesn't this sound like a nice mix! My mouth is watering thinking about it.
This recipe of mine is tried and true. It's so easy and tasty. Great to make when you don't feel like making a huge effort with your meal but want impressive flavours.

I'm also sharing this with PRESTO PASTA NIGHTS and hope more of you can also join into this great pasta exeprience! Just click on the link to find out more.

250g conchiglie (small pasta shells)
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 cup (1 x 280g jar) artichokes antipasto (or marinated), chopped into bite size chunks. NOTE: Reserve the oil for flavouring other dishes in future! :)
1 cup (1 x 280g jar) sun-dried tomatoes antipasto (or marinated), chopped into bite size chunks. NOTE:  same as above; reserve the oil
2 1/2 cups button mushrooms (halved)
1 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3-4 large hand fulls of fresh baby leaf spinach
1 tbsp dried oregano
Salt & Pepper to taste

- Cook pasta as per package instructions, and make sure to add a good amount of salt to the water
- Mix all ingredients together (including pasta, but only 3/4 of the feta) in an oven proof dish.
Make sure to mix spinach in while pasta is still quite warn so that it starts to slightly cook and wilt, and making it easier to stir it in
- Use some of the oil from the jarred sun dried tomatoes to mix into the pasta dish. This will add great flavour
- Add the oregano, salt and pepper
- Top with the remaining feta cheese
- Bake in oven at gas mark 5 (375 F) for 20-30 min, until feta starts to brown a little


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

This is my kind of pasta dish! Why don't you enter it into Presto Pasta. Everyone would love it and you just have to add to the post that you are submitting it and add a link! Ruth would be really pleased as it is here 100th edition and has to be in by Thursday.

There is a new logo you can add too http://ff.im/-ZGqi.

"Please post your recipes on your blog, mention and link to Presto Pasta Nights . If you don't have a blog - no worries - email your favorite pasta recipe to me directly and I'll post them on Once Upon a Feast and add them to the roundup....Oh...and as if that's not enough of a request...Spread the word - tell all your friends to do the same. Email: ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com"

Sarah @ Taste My Plate said...

Thanks Holler!
As you can see now, I have added my pasta dish to 'Presto Pasta Nights'. I love pasta. I'm an addict! So thanks for pointing this one out to me

Ruth Daniels said...

Holler, thanks for suggesting Presto Pasta Nights. And Sarah, thanks for an aweseome recipe. Given how cold it is here, your dish is a perfect instant transporter to warmer climes.

PG said...

Hi! Nice to find your blog. Love the pasta dish. I made one with similar components this week that was delicious!

The Food Hunter said...

I found your dish over at Presto Pasta Nights. It looks delicious.

Sarah @ Taste My Plate said...

Ruth - thanks for your kind words and for inventing Presto Pasta! There were so many good ones last week!

Psychrad - Thanks for visiting. Yeah, I love most Med ingredients! What did you put in your dish?

The Food Hunter - It tastes delicious too! Let me know if you give it a try ;)

Maris said...

This looks great! I love pasta bakes - so tasty and easy to throw together!