or I was really hungry.
It was also really, really quick to throw together.
I boiled some fettuccine - but you could use anything.
Conchiglie - (pasta shells) or orecchiette would also work.
In a pan with a little olive oil I caramelized some onions and pine nuts. I cut the onion in long
slices instead of a dice. At the very end I added some big chunks of garlic.
When the pasta was almost done, I took about a 1/4 cup of the pasta
water - and poured it over some crumbled feta cheese - and then
stirred. This became part of the sauce.
I had grape tomatoes I sliced in half - about 1 cup or 4oz. And also a
1/4 cup or so of chiffonaded basil.
After I drained the pasta, I put it back into the pasta pot.
Dumped the feta/water into the pasta and stirred, stirred, stirred, until I had a creamy sauce. (Don't expect a thick fake Alfredo sauce - this is a thin sauce, but packs a nice flavor punch)
Then I added the toms and the olive oil/onion/pine nut/garlic
Finally I added the basil.
A few cranks of the pepper mill - and some sea salt - and dinner was on!
Pasta w Feta Cheese Sauce Tomatoes & Pignoles
10 cups water - well salted
1/2 lb pasta
1 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/4 cup pignoles (pine nuts)
2 large cloves garlic - rough chop
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
1/4 cup basil - cut into a chiffonade
1/4-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or Kosher salt)
Bring salted water to boil - add pasta.
Cook 8-9 minutes (or until al dente)
While water comes to a boil & pasta is cooking:
Sautee onions in olive oil over medium low heat (you want them to slowly cook and caramelize)
When there's 4 minutes left before the pasta is done, add pignoles to onion mixture
Before draining pasta remove & reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water
Drain pasta & return to pasta pot
Add feta cheese to the pot - and pasta water 1 Tbls at a time
Stir until sauce develops - maybe mashing a few of the bigger crumbles
While stirring feta/pasta add garlic to onion/pine nut mixture
Add sliced grape tomatoes to pasta/feta, then add sauté mixture
Add pepper - correct salt level