Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spanikopita Pasta Salad

I love spanikopita, but for a weeknight meal, it's a little involved. I took all of the flavors and ingredients and tossed them with some orzo (because I had it on hand, but any pasta will do). I thought this was a great pasta salad. My mom has always added cottage cheese to her spanikopita filling, so I never realized it wasn't a traditional ingredient. I wasn't sure it would work in this dish, but it made it creamy without being too heavy. It can be left out, and more feta added, but I think it adds an interesting flavor and texture to the dish.
This can be served immediatly at a warm temperature, or it can be chilled, or anywhere in between. We had ours immediately, warm, JJ's with a chicken breast and mine with a morningstar farm's chik'n patty (the new italian herb seasoned patties are delicious!)

Spanikopita Pasta Salad

1/2 lb. short cut pasta
2 tbsp. EVOO
1 yellow onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
4 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 tsp. fresh minced oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
6 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt heavily and add pasta. Cook according to package directions to al dente, drain and add to a mixing bowl.
Heat a skillet over medium heat, add EVOO, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
Saute' for 6-8 minutes, or until onions are soft and slightly caramelized.
Add spinach, toss and wilt.
Add mixture to the orzo. , stir to combine.
Add herbs, crushed red pepper, cottage cheese and feta cheese, toss and serve or chill and serve later.


Joanne said...

I've gotten in the habit lately of calling certain things that I make a deconstructed version of some other dish. I really like that concept and so this deconstructed spanikopita pasta salad really hits the spot. I like the use of cottage cheese, it's kind of like a ricotta replacement.

Tasha said...

I love coming up with different pasta salads and this one looks great. What a creative idea to give it the flavors of Spanikopita.

Kelly said...

I love the idea of deconstructing classic dishes and reinventing them in a new way. That looks great.

Joelen said...

What a great spin on spanikopita! It's like a clever hybrid of Italian and Greek cuisines :)

Kristen said...

I am trying this for dinner tonight! Looks great and easy enough for me (a cooking beginner) to attempt.

Jenn ~ said...

This sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

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