Greek Pasta – recipe

I won’t be posting a meal plan today, hopefully tomorrow. I am far to sick,  with a head cold, to wrap my tired brain around planning meals right now. So instead, I thought I would type up a recipe that has quickly become a family favourite. I made this up a couple of weeks ago, and we all love it! Its pretty easy and quick to whip together at the last minute, and if you the sales right, it can be super inexpensive. Enjoy!

Greek Pasta

Ingredients:

1lb ground chicken

1 1/2 cups chicken broth (I buy low sodium)

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives

100 g feta cheese (in brine, not pre-crumbled. Feta in brine stays fresh for a very long time, the pre-crumbled stuff is more expensive and doesn’t taste a good)

3 cups pasta (I use penne, but anything would work)

1 tsp dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large skillet, brown the chicken in a little olive oil, seasoning with salt and pepper and a tiny pinch of oregano. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Add the chicken broth, red peppers and olives and simmer on medium. While the meat simmers, cook the pasta just to al dente, as it will cook a little longer once added to the meat mixture. Drain the pasta, and add it to the skillet along with the onions, half the feta and tsp of oregano. Let simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce slightly thickens. Serve with remaining feta cheese crumbled over top.

As you can see there is no red in this dish. I forgot to buy a red pepper, so it just has onions, olives, and mushrooms. It was still super yummy!

This recipe is so versatile, and can be changed up so many ways! We love olives, so I add lots. I also prefer the red onions to be a little on the crispy side for a fresher tasting dish. If you don’t like red peppers, leave them out! This dish is also great with mushrooms, zucchini, green peppers and grape tomatoes. Change the veggies up seasonally or to what your family enjoys. You could also change the meat, if ground chicken isn’t your thing (I buy it when it’s on sale). This would be great with chicken breast chunks, or better yet, pork or lamb!

I think my husband enjoys the leftovers more than when he had it for dinner. It’s so easy to make, and healthy too! It fixes that craving for Greek food without have to head our to the restaurant.

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