I promise that I do eat things other than pasta. Sometimes. For example, yesterday after my 17.7 mile run I had a bagel smothered in peanut butter. And by smothered I mean doused. Really I should say I ate a bowl of peanut butter with a bagel on the side. And loved every second of it.

But to be fair, pasta really is a major food group for me. This whole carb loading business notwithstanding.

And is there a better way to eat pasta than to share it with those who are nearest and dearest to you? I think not. So when my parents informed me that we were going to visit my aunt in New Jersey yesterday, I decided that it would be a wise choice to bring some pasta salad with me. Since I really loved the fresh tomato sauce from last week’s caprese salad, I decided to remake it but with a twist. I Greek-ified it. You see, I had feta cheese on a salad the other day and set myself off on another craving spree. I think everyone felt the same way because I left with two pounds worth of pasta salad and came home with an empty bowl.

I am submitting this both to Presto Pasta Nights which is being hosted this week by Helen of Fuss Free Flavors and Souper Sundays which is hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.
Greek “Caprese” Pasta Salad
Serves 4 as a main dish, 8 as a side

1 lb whole wheat elbows
1 can black olives, chopped
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lb tomatoes, diced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Set up water to boil the pasta. In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add in the garlic and saute until fragrant.

2. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer until the tomatoes have cooked down a bit and have a more sauce-like quality (while still being chunky).

3. Cook and drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Mix the tomatoes with the olives and the pasta. Pour in the cooking water until pasta is not dry. Mix in the feta cheese and let cool to room temperature.

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24 Responses to Greek "Caprese" Pasta Salad

  1. comfycook says:

    This is such a tasty salad. Each of the ingredients add to the total flavor. I am wondering if this could be served hot as a main or side.

  2. Mansi says:

    Interesting post…next time, I am going to try pasta your way..adding some olives…thanks so much for droppping by.

  3. Monster run! Awesome job. I think you earned this yummy pasta!

    I actually combine nut butter, honey, cinnamon, and protein powder (pure egg white) to make a super-thick “frosting” that I put on brown rice cakes. Even my husband devours them! So we eat the bread with our PB too, rather than vice versa 🙂

  4. Mari says:

    Wow can I just dive into that bowl!

    Great run chickie! That is amazing!!!!!!!!

    I think almost all the foodies that have blogs are in the pb cult, I know I’m a member ha

  5. m loving this pasta salad!! totally drool worthy!! vat a beautiful blog you have!! keep up the great work!
    cheers and have a nice day!!

  6. Amy says:

    Ha! I think I have the only kid on the planet that doesn’t like peanut butter. Her father and I, on the other hand, could finish off an entire container in one sitting.

    Another pasta dish winner – I would absolutely make this. Love PPN!

  7. momgateway says:

    I enjoy olives and feta but have never tried it in pasta–sounds like a yummy dish. Got to try this.

  8. Karine says:

    Pasta salad is a great choice to bring over! I love your fresh tomato sauce in it 🙂

  9. Kevin says:

    What a great pasta salad! I like the Greek flavours in it!

  10. Denise says:

    Anything with feta cheese in it is A ok by me. It looks delish.

  11. JennyMac says:

    That looks incredible!!

    And 17.7 miles? WOW. Bravo.

  12. Pam says:

    Perfect. All my favorite flavors in one dish!

  13. Debinhawaii says:

    I love all the flavors in this-Greek food is a favorite of mine. It looks wonderful. Thanks for sending it along to Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays.

  14. I love this – so full of delicious goodies! I am on a feta cheese binge of late too. I want to eat it with everything!

  15. Donna-FFW says:

    This sounds incredible. What a fantastic salad. Feta is a favorite of mine.

    Fantastic run!!! You deserve all that peanut butter after that!

  16. burpandslurp says:

    Haha, I know you don’t only eat pasta because I ate lovely sandwiches with you! But haha, bring on the pasta, baby! And that is ONe FAT ASS bowl of pasta! I’ll bet there was none left, though!

  17. You and I are kindred spirits with regard to pasta. I just don’t get tired of it and crave it all of the time.

  18. I like the twist of this pasta. Great idea.

  19. Talita says:

    I’ve never tried greek food. Pasta with cheese… Mmmmmm!

  20. Jen says:

    You ran 17 miles….

    17 miles. think about it…

    wow!

    nice pasta salad 🙂 I love anything Greek-ified

  21. This is simply scrumptious! I have tried some of the other whole wheat pastas, I’ll have to pick up some of that yummy macaroni.

  22. biz319 says:

    17 miles – holy cow! You could eat the whole jar of peanut butter then!

    Love this recipe – thanks for sharing!

  23. Palidor says:

    I love visiting and reading the stories about your running and your family. Another great looking pasta dish! No wonder you came home with an empty bowl.

  24. Kerstin says:

    18 miles is so impressive, talk about needing all those carbs! I love your Greek spin on this, feta just makes everything better 🙂

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