8.26.2011

greek pasta salad

prep time:  40 minutes
chill time:  2 - 24 hours
servings:  12 - 16

ingredients:
12 ounces dried mostaccioli or penne
2 - 3 cups cherry tomatoes - quartered
1 - 2 medium cucumbers - halved lengthwise and sliced
4 green onions - sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil 
1 tablespoon anchovy paste (optional)
4 - 6 cloves garlic - minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
fresh oregano leaves

steps:
1.  cook pasta according to package directions.  drain in a colander.  rinse with cold water; drain again.

2.  in a large bowl toss together the cooked pasta, tomatoes, cucumber and green onions.

3.  in a screw-top jar combine the olive oil, lemon juice, basil 2 tablespoons oregano, anchovy paste, garlic, salt and pepper.  cover and shake well.  drizzle over pasta mixture; toss to coat.

4.  cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.  to serve, add feta, toss and sprinkle with fresh oregano leaves.

- better homes and garden, june 2008

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