Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ouzo, Feta and Arugula Pasta

Whew! It's been a whirlwind of transitions lately. I finished my MBA, moved over 1,000 miles with my fiancé from Portland to Huntington Beach, and now, preparing for our Mexi-Greek themed wedding next weekend. Every day is filled with wonky glory! At the end of a long errand-running, psychobabble day, I want pasta. For the last three months, this lemony, ouzo spiked, peppery pasta has been my favorite. It's bright, refreshing and makes my tastes buds happy. I am completely love struck by Ta Mylelia's Ouzo & Feta pasta (I get it at Cost Plus World Market), but any curly noodle could do in a pinch. This pasta goes great with a crisp, white wine. 

Ouzo, Feta and Arugula Pasta
(serves 2)

1 package long curly noodles
4 cups arugula
1 lemon - zested and ready to squeeze
1/3 cup of feta
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 shot ouzo
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • In a large pot, boil noodles as directed. 
  • Drain noodles, and do not rinse.
  • Immediately put noodles in a large skillet or back in same pot on low heat, adding arugula, lemon zest, ouzo shot, lemon juice and two (or more) tablespoons of olive oil. Softly combine ingredients, take off heat. 
  • Serve on two large plates, sprinkle with feta and pine nuts and drizzle remaining olive oil on top. Add pepper to taste. 


Ivy said...

You are getting married next weekend? Wow, congratulations. This pasta dish sounds amazing.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the move, upcoming nuptials, and degree! I was similarly nuts around our wedding, having decided to move right before, buy a new car, and get a huge puppy right afterwards! Good times though!

Recipe question - have you tried this with your own fresh pasta? Have you ever replaced the water with Ouzo, does that even work b/c of the alcohol content? Thanks!

Banana Wonder said...

Ivy - Yes! Thanks... we will hopefully take a long awaiting honeymoon to Greece in a few years :-)

Milo - Thanks for the understanding thoughts. I could use a huge puppy as well! In terms of the recipe, I have not tried this with fresh pasta, but that is a great idea. I would maybe try a mix of both ouzo and water for the pasta making? I will have to look into this. You could also boil the fresh pasta in an ouzo-water bath? Hehe

Let Me Eat Cake said...

congrats on all of your accomplishments!

love this combo it is like my fave arugula salad with pasta tossed in!

Let Me Eat Cake said...

congrats on all of your accomplishments!

love this combo it is like my fave arugula salad with pasta tossed in!

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love this dish. I am going to book-mark it for summer time where I live :)
Awesome, happy blog you have here and a great name!
Congratulations on your wedding and I hope you have a wonderful day

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Good luck with the wedding Anna! As for the recipe....yummmmm! I love ouzo in just about anything! This combo sounds fantastic!

Lola Lobato said...

Wishing all the best on your new place and congratulation on your wedding!!!!
The pasta looks amazing especially with those fantastic ingredients.

Banana Wonder said...

Natassia - Thanks! Now that I am back in town we must get together... almond croissants are in order!

Anna - Nice to meet another Anna (Greek, too?)!

Peter - Thanks, it was a success.. and second that with the ouzo.

Lola - Thanks so much for the well wishes, I wish we were honey mooning in Greece.