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Mediterranean Pasta & Goat Cheese Salad

by Kevin
Mediterranean Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

This recipe was insired by Rusty who asked me to make a cold pasta salad with calamata olives and goat cheese.  Truth be told, it was mostly directed by him, I was just the one who made it and cleaned up the recipe a bit.  In the end, it was very simple, yet tasty.  A great dish for someone who wants a nice easy side dish.

Mediterranean Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta & Goat Cheese Salad

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 1 Box whole wheat pasta (linguini is perfect)
  • 1 box Grape Tomatoes
  • 12 or so fresh basil leaves - Chopped Medium
  • 2 handfulls Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Calamata Olives - 2 dozen or so
  • 3 cloves garlic - Minced
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Crumbled Goat cheese - to taste (about a cup?)

Instructions

Cook whole wheat pasta to medium firmness. While Pasta is cooking, heat a very generous (1/2 - 1 cup) portion of olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic & RedPepper flakes.  Saute for a minute or so.  Add Oilives, & 1/8 tsp of onion powder.  Simmer over medium heat, covered, for about 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes, and fresh basil.  Simmer medium-low for about 5 minutes, or until tomatoes and olives are soft. Strain pasta, and put back in empty pot.  Mix all ingredients into pasta, along with crumbles of goat cheese.  Toss well - add extra olive oil if needed.  Let cool, and serve as a room temperature or cold salad.

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