Wednesday, July 2, 2008

the family staple

worksformewedI have been reading "Rocks in My Dryer" for a while now and every Wednesday Shannon does a blog carnival called "works-for-me wednesday" where her readers leave a link with tips or solutions to everyday life. This week's theme is recipes with five ingredients or less.

The fewer ingredients the better is my theory! In fact, the more cans the better and if it has celery salt, it's out! (Erin and Ashley, that's for you).

Well, if you've been to my house for dinner, you've likely had this dish. I serve it as a one dish meal with yummy french bread on the side. I found it on the Kraft website years ago and we eat it a couple times per month.

Mostaccioli with Spinach and Feta
1 lb. mostaccioli pasta (or whatever pasta you like)
1 bag fresh spinach, torn
1 pkg. feta cheese with basil and tomato (I buy the block and crumble it myself)
4-5 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped

Cook pasta as directed on package, drain and return to same pan. Stir in a splash of olive oil (ok, the sixth ingredient - but does it really count if it is just a splash?)

Add spinach and crumbled feta cheese. Mix well and cover over the LOWEST heat for a couple of minutes until the cheese is slightly melted. Spinach will be slightly wilted.

Add tomatoes and onions, stir well and serve.

Now go over and see all the recipes at Rocks in My Dryer!


  1. That sounds really delicious -- I love feta cheese, so I'll be giving this one a try! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I can't wait to try this recipe -- It looks great. Thanks for posting it.

  3. This sounds really good.

  4. You made that meal for us when Tess was born. It's a great one!! Glad you have one recipe that does not require cans.

  5. You made it for the Staley's when Silas was born. It is my most favorite of your meals.

  6. This post inspired me to go out today and buy the ingredients. It was the best pasta dish I have had in a long time. This will become a regular in my home. It was great to talk today and catch up.


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