Refrigerator Feta Pasta

Refrigerator Feta Pasta

Want a quick and easy summer dinner recipe to use up some of the vegetable odds and ends that have accumulated in your fridge? Then this recipe is for you! You really can add in any veggies in your fridge and it will still taste delicious! Not a fan of Feta cheese? Try substituting crumbled goat cheese or shredded cheddar cheese!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 box (1 lb) of pasta – I prefer Rotiniveggie feta pasta
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 4-6 oz. of Feta cheese
  • 1/2 of a small onion (red or white) or 1/4 of a large onion
  • VEGETABLES! I have made this pasta with kale, basil leaves, spinach, summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, and much more! Anything you have, you can try adding it in! Just chop them up into small pieces or 1/2″ cubes first!
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Optional spices: red pepper flakes (adds a little heat), oregano, rosemary

Directions

  1. Boil a pot of water and get your pasta cooking
  2. Heat up the oil in a large frying pan
  3. Start by sauteing the chopped garlic and onion on low heat
  4. Once they are soft, add in your bigger, firmer veggies (things like green beans, zucchini, summer squash, and carrots)
  5. When those veggies are nearly soft, add in your greens – they won’t need to cook long. If you are using kale or other big leaves, shred them into little pieces first.
  6. Add in any spices, finish the sauteing and mix the veggies in with pasta.
  7. Add your cheese, and tomato raw if you are using
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Optional: If you really want meat with this meal, try adding some chicken sausage to the veggies when you are sauteing them!

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

This is a quick and easy dinner that can be served hot or cold. You can also take advantage of the abundance of fresh, cheap basil in the summer and make small quantities of pesto to freeze and use all winter long!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2-3 big handfuls of fresh basil leaves (washed)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 small handful of pine nuts (can substitute walnuts or choose to not use nuts)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Romano Cheese (or just double the amount of Parmesan used)
  • 1 box (1 lb) of Rotini or Gemelli Pasta

Directions

Note: If you have a Cuisinart it is easiest to do all of the chopping in that. If not, chopping can be done by hand and the mixture can be made in a medium sized bowl!

  1. Boil a pot of water and cook pasta
  2. Fill bowl of Cuisinart with basil leaves and chop.
  3. Add in 1/4 cup of olive oil
  4. Add pine nuts and garlic to Cuisinart and chop
  5. Add both cheeses to mixture
  6. Add the rest of the Olive Oil
  7. After straining cooked pasta, put in a large bowl and mix the pesto sauce into the pasta
  8. You can add chicken or other veggies to the pasta for more variety

If you want to freeze pesto sauce for later, skip step #1 and stop after #3. Put the mixture (just chopped basil with olive oil) in a small container, plastic bag or ice cube tray and save for later. When you are ready to eat, thaw and continue with the directions.

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