This wonderful and easy skillet pasta dish includes sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pine nuts, feta cheese, and crushed red pepper flakes. This is an authentic alternative that gets rave reviews in our family.
This wonderful and easy skillet pasta dish includes sun-dried tomatoes, olives, pine nuts, feta cheese, and crushed red pepper flakes. This is an authentic alternative that gets rave reviews in our family.
This is the BEST pasta recipe I have ever tried. My wife and I made pleasure noises throughout the meal. I left out the red pepper flakes. I added 4 ounces of sauted Portabellas, 2 medium zucchini julienned, and 3/4 jar of sliced marinated roasted peppers with garlic. I stirred the Feta into the hot pasta and got it mixed and melted before adding the other ingredients.Read More
I was really excited to try this because the reviews were so good.. I wasn't very impressed. It was good, but I am not a huge fan of black olives or sun dried tomatoes (unless in a bagel). Next time, I will use the same "sauce" and cook mushrooms and broccoli with garlic and maybe some meat. Overall, for the amount of calories in this dish, I wish it would have tasted more amazing.Read More
This is the BEST pasta recipe I have ever tried. My wife and I made pleasure noises throughout the meal. I left out the red pepper flakes. I added 4 ounces of sauted Portabellas, 2 medium zucchini julienned, and 3/4 jar of sliced marinated roasted peppers with garlic. I stirred the Feta into the hot pasta and got it mixed and melted before adding the other ingredients.
This is very similar to Macaroni Grill's Farfalle Renaldo, which hasn't been on the menu in years, and which I miss terribly. I made this with kalamata (Greek) olives, in order to attempt to duplicate the Grill's version, and it was pretty darn close! I normally, er, mess with recipes a great deal, adding extra seasonings, etc., but I didn't add anything to this, except some sautéed baby portabella mushrooms that I needed to get rid of. This was very fast and simple to make, and quite delicious - even vegetarian. My (carnivore) husband raved!
I worked in a restaurant that served a variation of this recipe. We used Kalamata Olives and capers. Then topped with fresh shredded Parimigianno Regianno. This recipe is the closest I have see to the restaurants Sicilian Pasta. Will make again
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!! I make it about once a week. At times, I have added more garlic and chicken. It is great hot or cold!
very simple, I added chicken and avocado, my husband really liked it, and don't leave out the nuts, that makes the dish!
WOW!! A resounding 5-stars for this recipe! I was afraid that there weren't enough ingredients in this when I first read it. But when I made it, the taste was incredible! Everybody loved it and asked for seconds. It's a great plate of pasta, especially when washed down with some good wine!
Absolutely delicious! It even reheats great for left overs! Light, flavorful and filling all at the same time. Substituted parmesean for feta and it was great. Will definitely make time and time again. thanks for the great recipe <3
It's amazing how few ingredients can make such a fantastic dish. This is quick, and very tasty. We like things spicy spicy, so we always add double the red pepper flakes and add some parmesan cheese- at least a weekly menu item in our house!
This recipe is so good that it has become a staple in my house. We can't get enough of it!
Mmmm... this has an intense flavor that was really delicious. I splurged on the gourmet olives from the supermarket olive bar, which I will do again the next time I make this - which will definitely be soon!
I use this site daily and never comment. I like to try a new recipe every week. My husband also likes to eat a meatless meal once a week. I am always searching for yummy meatless recipes. This hit it on the nose. This dish is so simple and fabulous! I added mushrooms and fresh parmisan cheese. I skipped the feta as I think feta is flavorless. I also skipped the red pepper flakes. I added kalmata olives instead of black. This dish is beautiful and so yummy! I ate the leftovers for 3 straight days. Serve this dish with a salad and bread and you have one great meal! It is a new staple in our house.
I enjoyed this dish, having left out the sun-dried tomatoes as I don't care for them. In the future I would include fresh tomatoes and substitute kalamata olives for black olives, which didn't really mesh with the dish.
Fantastic! I've made this recipe with pasta or whole wheat orzo, and both with and without the feta - the feta is wonderful but it comes out great even without! Don't leave out the pine nutz...
This is a fantastic, not to mention easy, recipe! We leave the olives out as we don't care for them but other than that we follow to a 't' without disappointment!
This dish was delicious. I cut back on red pepper and added fresh spinach. Other than that made it according to recipie. The red and green made it a very attractive dish. might keep it in mind for a Christmas dish. Will make again!
This has got to be the best pasta salad I have ever made. I use quinoa pasta because it is gluten free and healthier. There are so many variations one can do with this salad. I have been making this at least once a week. Yum :)
LOVED the flavors! However, I found it a tad dry even though I used less pasta than called for AND used sun-dried tomatoes that come in a jar infused with oil and herbs. I imagine that if you use the dry sun-dried tomatoes the dish would be even drier. Anyways, this was super quick to make and very delicious (and pretty on the plate). I wanted to make it more full filling so I cooked a chicken breast on the skillet with only salt and pepper and sliced it thin over the served pasta. The chicken made it feel more like an entree than a side dish. Would make again!
I was really excited to try this because the reviews were so good.. I wasn't very impressed. It was good, but I am not a huge fan of black olives or sun dried tomatoes (unless in a bagel). Next time, I will use the same "sauce" and cook mushrooms and broccoli with garlic and maybe some meat. Overall, for the amount of calories in this dish, I wish it would have tasted more amazing.
This is quite possibly the best pasta dish I have ever eaten! It can even be served cold! Absolutely incredible
This is a great recipe. I added cooked chicken strips and baby spinach and omitted the red pepper flakes and black olives. Turned out great.
This was fabulous! I used the hints from others and used extra garlic, added sauteed baby Portabella mushrooms, sliced roasted bell pepper, and chicken. It was even better reheated today for lunch! Next time I will use a bit more chopped sun-dried tomatoes to flavor all the added ingredients. My husband loved this, too, so I will be making it again and again!
Did not like the flavors of this dish. Will not be making this again.
Very tasty! We'll be making this often! DH and I both thought this could be served in a nice Italian restuarant. We added good kalamata olives, a mild domestic feta cheese, and sauted mushrooms. We also used penne pasta instead of farfalle. Turned out great! NOTE:Using 16 oz/ 1 lb. of penne was too much for my medium skillet. I ended up using 2/3 of the cooked pasta with the mixture.
Excellent. As I started to put this together, I realized I had only a 12-ounce box of pasta and was worried that the proportions would be thrown off. Not to worry! I also added about ten large button mushrooms (quartered, added with the tomatoes) because I had them. I havent done much cooking wth sun-dried tomatoes, but this recipe may make me a regular! Great stuff (and not too salty, as I feared it might be withthe tomatoes and cheese -- but I did not salt the pasta water....). Thanks!
This was really good. I only had angel hair pasta, which didn't take the ingredients well, so I will try it again with a better pasta.
Awesome easy recipe. It's so good! Unfortunately I don't live near a full service grocery store with an olive bar of sorts so I had to use the canned stuff. But even so, it was awesome. Great recipe!
This dish was great! I added chicken as suggested and my husband loved it. He doesn't like olives so I substituted capers. Tangy and spicy....Yum.
Awesome!! I added sauteed portabellas for "meatiness"
this just wasn't good. didn't have any "oomph". too oily, the feta didn't compliment the other flavors... wanted to like it. sorry.
This is a wonderful recipe; I usually add 1/4-1/2 cup of chicken broth for a little moisture and have used crushed cashews when I didn't have pine nuts which worked very well. We double the garlic, and leave out the olives, sometimes adding portabellos.
By far, my favorite pasta dish ever! I LOVE this! I make it often, have turned A LOT of friends onto and have yet to find anyone who doesn't like it. It is still yummy as a leftover! I add fresh baby spinach at the final stage, when the Feta cheese goes in - perfection!
This was ok...I think the feta cheese I bought from the store spoiled the recipe...it was a bit off. I also left out the pine-nuts since they are pricey and I don't really care for them.
the dish was packed with flavor....this is what i did. the recipe didn't say to get the sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil or not, so i got the oil packed ones. i reserved the oil and used that as part of the oil i sauted the garlic in. i also pan roasted the pine nuts. and i used half feta and half goat. and finally i used the zest of the lemon in the end..the results were terrific.
Very good! I wish it had a little more sauce to it, but it was very light and healthy. I did add some asparagus tips and it took it to another level.
Great with a few changes - I toast the pine nuts for a few minutes (medium heat) and double the tomatoes and olives. A nice, fresh pasta.
I LOVE this dish. I've been making it for years. The lemon and red pepper balance each other really well. If you like pasta thats not drenched in sauce, this is the recipe for you!
I did not like the combintion of these flavors and I thought there was way too much heat with the crushed red pepper. I am removing this recipe from my recipe box.
This reminds me of being in Italy again, it's so good! Used goat cheese as we prefer that to feta, and added in a jar of pickled artichoke hearts just for some variation. No farfalle either, so I improvised and used macaroni -pasta is pasta, after all- and it still turned out great.
We've been making a pasta very similar to this one for years. The BIG difference is that no Sicilian in their right mind would ever use canned black olives. Take the time to find good olives. They are definitely out there in the regular grocery. But remember, friends don't let friends eat those nasty canned California black olives.
We didn't care for this one at all.
Great!! Soo easy. I used whole grain penne pasta and almonds instead of pine nuts. Tasted even better the next day. Fantastic for weekdays dinners
I made quite a few (okay, a lot) of changes to the original recipe. First I sauteed about 4 oz. of quartered white mushrooms in EVOO, added garlic, red pepper flakes, pine nuts, kalamata olives, about 3 TBSPs lemon juice, more EVOO, and a couple glugs of white wine. I kept the heat on low and allowed the 'concoction' to reduce. Meanwhile, I cooked 5 chicken tenderloins (previously marinated in Italian dressing) on my George Foreman. When I added my 8 oz. of penne pasta to the skillet, I threw in 1/2 c. feta, the sliced chicken, and about 1/4 c. each of parmesan and pecorino romano (grated). I really love the combination of flavors in this dish. My husband's only complaint was the pine nuts- he just didn't like the 'crunchy things'. For those that thought this was dry, simply reduce the amount of pasta or increase the EVOO and lemon juice. Of course, a little wine never hurt anybody either!
This was very good and so simple. I didn't have the pine nuts nor the olives, but it was still good. Next time I'll add half as much pepper flakes, a little too hot for us.
Pretty good and easy to put together
I made this for dinner tonight and my hubby and I thought it was fabulous!! I added some chicken that I sauteed with some garlic and olive oil, used kalamata olives and decreased the red pepper flakes to 1/2 tsp. The amount of sauce was perfect and reminded me of pasta we had when we were in Italy. I will be making this again and again.
Good flavor just like it is. A little too spicy for kids though and I would add more sun-dried tomatoes next time.
Good but not amazing. Easy dish for kids. Didn't include the red pepper flakes (it was fine) and substituted kalamata olives for the black. Added stuff to taste (didn't really use measurements). Good the next morning as a cold leftover lunch dish.
Great recipe, but no black olives for me!! You can substitute the feta with mozz. with no problem. I added a bit of chicken stock, and next time will try some shrimp over the pasta.
Excellent taste - I also added cubed mushroom and zuchini
I noticed the picture had kalamata olives instead of the black olives that the recipe called for. I love kalamatas and decided to try it that way. Even though I do love them, omitted the pine nuts, since it would have meant a trip to the store, everything else I had in my pantry. I must say, this was amazing, easy and I had it all in my pantry. I added a dash of oregano to give it more of a greek taste, but even my 3 year old ate it. Kalamatas do tend to be more salty and the feta is as well so watch the salt shaker!
Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly but cut it down to make enough for just me. It'll be a great, quick light lunch. thanks!
I like the recipe. But will make it with less heat and exchange feta for mozzeralla cheese, using only about half of cup. Can't wait to make it.
Delicious and simple. Will make again very soon! Next time I won't use as much pasta as the recipe called for. I didn't use the entire package this time and I still felt like it was too much. Awesome recipe though
I thought this was just ok, I like all of the ingredients, but thought the flavors were a little strong, and didn't come together as I had hoped. I didn't really like the addition of the lemon juice, it made it too sour. So maybe it would taste better without the lemon juice? I think it needs some other seasonings as well.
This is a great last minute "what should I make for dinner tonight" recipe. You probably have all the ingredients on hand already and it's really quick. My husband isn't too fond of Feta so I substituted Parmasan and it was still great. Don't forget the pine nuts. They really add alot to the recipe.
This was great!!! I made a few changes, didn't have sun dried tomatos so I used a can of diced romas and chicken. Cooked the tomatos till juice was almost gone. My husband really liked it. I will serve this quite often.
I didn't really like this. I used less pasta than the recipe called for and it was still too much...too dry! I would cut down on the red pepper flakes too! The recipe has a good basis...next time (if I try it again) I will have to do some major tweeking.
Yummy! Love the flavors of the Feta with sun dried tomatoes. Next time will use less crushed red pepper...little to tangy for the kids.
I discovered this delicious recipe a year and half ago. This is very fast and easy to make. Plus, it is very inexpensive. I make this recipe once every 3 weeks, now. Even my very picky, hard to please uncle loves this dish and asked for the recipe. I add oregano, thyme, and rosemary - sprinkle my share when simmering the sauce.
This was fantastic, the only change I would do next time would be to decrease the red pepper flakes, little spicy for me but Hubby loved it as it was. Definately 5 stars and will make again.
Awesome! Added Chicken for the boys and Avocado for myself. Left out the red peppers for the sake of the 3 year old but even my picky husband who claims to dislike Feta, Pine Nuts, and Sun-dried tomatoes loved it. Next time I will add a bit more olive oil so it's less dry but overall it was a hit.
Good recipe. Relatively easy to make, considering I am very new to cooking. One note, this does make for a better side dish over an entree. But if you try it as an entree, I would recommend adding chicken to the mix.
I used black oil cured olives from the Olive Bar in the market... and used grated asiago instead of feta.... pretty good! a Siciian would never use canned olives.
Absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe precisely with the exception of extra garlic, ground red pepper (didn't have flakes), and slivered almonds since I didn't have pine nuts. This is a definite keeper for me.
My 7 year old loved it, and he is a very picky eater.
This was a great tasting, easy dinner. Perfect blend of flavors. I didn't use the pine nuts but added artichoke hearts. It would probably be good as a cold dish also.
absolutely amazing. made this for my girlfriend and we both loved it. put a little more of the cheese than what was recommended and was delicious!
Excellent! Quick, flavorful and very satisfying! Thought that it was a bit dry, so next time I'll start by adding an extra Tbsp. of lemon juice and two of olive oil. It's a favorite!
This was simple AND super tasty. I did the recipe exactly as written except with a little less red pepper since my husband doesn't like spicy foods. I also added some steak seared in soy sauce and some garlic salt at a very high heat. It was so so so so good!
It was just ok. I really wanted it to be better. Maybe because i kept adding stuff, diced red pepper, mushroom, red wine. I will make it again. I love the sun dried tomatoes, I could eat those all nite long!!
My family and I loved this. Although I did make some changes. I substituted 2 Tbsp. vinegar for lemon juice, grape tomatoes for sundried and omitted pine nuts because I thought they were fairly expensive at the store. I think the feta cheese makes the pasta dish way yummy! My youngest daughter doesn't like feta though, but I sprinkled some grated mozzerella on hers and she loved it. Chewy bread is a must for sopping up the evoo and vinegar!
I brought this to a ladie's luncheon and recieved raves upon raves- they LOVED it. I loved it as well, and will make it again.
One of our all time favorite recipes off this site. Definately use kalamata olives.
This was an easy and delicious recipe. I don't like to rate with substitutions, but I used organic whole wheat broken spaghetti, and sunflower kernels (it was all I had)instead of pine nuts (I think the pine nuts would have been over-the-top delicious). And using everything else as written, it was great! My bf (I am so lucky to have a 'manly-man' Italian that still likes to eat healthy!) loved it. Will try it again, using kusera or fontina cheese, just for consistency's sake. This dish, served with a mixed greens salad and italian bread w/balsamic vinegar dip was PRIMO!!!
I'm sorry to say that this dish, prepared AS DIRECTED did not work out well. Dry, dry, dry. Way too much pasta for the tiny amount of oil and way too little sundried tomatoes. And, yes, I did think the recipe called for way too much pasta for that tiny bit of oil, but I didn't read the reviews beforehand and the 4 1/2 stars caught my attention, so I made it as directed. Big mistake.
This was very easy and very tasty. I followed the other reviews and only used about 2/3 of a package of pasta instead of the whole thing. I will definitely make this again.
This was amazing! I made this for my husband and myself for dinner during the week, and it was super easy and so flavorful! I had some leftover and had no problem eating this for the next 2 days! It was quick, easy, delicious and tastes just as good the following days as it did straight out of the pan. I see this in the regular rotation! Add a simple green salad and it's the perfect dinner!
This is my husband's new favorite
My husband said he felt like he was eating at an Italian restaurant!
I made this for the first time and it was soooo good, I couldn't think about anything else but to cook this again. For a recipe so quick and simple, it is marvelous. Have given the recipe to several friends. Will make again and again.
This was really easy and very good. I wanted to make it a little lighter so I used 2 cups of chicken broth instead of all the oil. I also used parmesan rather than feta, and it turned out well. I will definitely make this again.
This dish we enjoyed very much! However I did a couple of preparations differently. I followed the amounts and ingredients exactly except that I used only 1/2 lb of the bowties. I cooked the bowties the day before and then right before mixing them into the other ingredients, I popped then in a colander into hot tap water. This achieves the same results but saves lots of time when you need it most! I sauted them in the sauce for a few minutes before mixing in the feta. Guess what--the little bit that was left over was eaten cold by my son and his wife. They said it was really good as a pasta salad!!
Absolutely excellent and easy! My husband and I both loved it! Thank you for another great recipe!
This dish is absolutely delicious. I used about 12 oz. of pasta and substituted kalamata olives. I think I will be serving this cold or room temp. during the summer to replace the ordinary mac salad!
wonderful for a crowd. I tweaked by adding frozen king prawns and a big dollop of cream fraiche to the sauce mix. Everyone loved it. The groom and my uncle (music) were still drooling 2 days later at the ceremony
This is a definite winner...to cut down fat & calories I used only 3 Tbsp. of olive oil and used reduced fat feta. There are so many different flavors in this dish, it was quite delicious and we'll be having the leftovers for lunch today. Thanks for an easy and fast weeknight dinner!
Easy recipe for tasty past dish. Be careful not to use more red pepper flakes than called for unless you like your food spicy!
I've made it many times
I was so disappointed in this recipe after reading all the rave reviews I thought we'd love this. I love all the ingredients that were in it but it was just very very dry! I think it would be better as a cold pasta salad and maybe I will do that the next time.
This is an all time fav. One of the first recipes from this site that I tried, which kept me coming back for years. I cook as is. Love the subtle citrus flavour and best with good quality feta.
I used half the amount of pasta and still the dish was way too dry. This dish needs some sauce - maybe Alfredo(?)
Loved it!! Absolutely perfect just the way it is!
I Liked it....but, with some tweaks here and there, you can do something with this dish to really make it a 5 star dish! More Garlic is needed. Also More Lemon Juice. Salt and Pepper needs to be added to the olive oil sauce
Great for a change of pace. Spicy! I may cut down on the red pepper flakes for my own tastes next time. Definitely do not skimp on the amount of feta. Would probably taste good with shrimp as well. May try this next time.
I'd give this dish 4 1/2 stars. I used rigate pasta, julienned/sundries tomatoes and Aleppo pepper are about the only things I changed, but didn't put all the pasta in the finished dish. My husband said it was good!! I will make it again.
a little on the "sour" side for us.