I think all pasta recipes are really just a starting point …. I felt like a greek inspired pasta dish tonight so it was off to my favorite deli.
good quality olive oil (I prefer unfiltered)
2 cups raw dried orzo pasta
1/2 cup diced fire roasted tomatoes (canned is fine if they are really good quality)
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
1/2 cup diced canned artichokes
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the tomatoes, feta, olives, and artichokes. Drain the pasta, (reserving a bit of the cooking liquid in case the pasta needs it later).
Once pasta is cooked, toss with remaining ingredients and finish with:
freshly chopped chives, freshly minced basil leaves, a generous splash of olive oil, and salt and pepper (if you like lemon give it a generous squeeze now also)
Serve with citrus marinated chicken, grilled eggplant and maybe even some roasted fennel for a mouth watering, but quick and easy dinner.