Greek Pasta Dishes
Greece's most popular pasta is orzo, a rice-shaped dried noodle that is easy to find and fun to combine in Greek preparations. Salads and sides work beautifully with this pasta as their bases.
Piquant kalamata olives, rich, tangy feta cheese, and oregano give this super-creamy macaroni and cheese just enough Greek flavor to take it out of the ordinary. Feta cheese, because it is cured and stored in brine, is sometimes called a "pickled cheese."
Here's a great-tasting, meatless version of the popular Greek dish.
Feta cheese, black olives, and balsamic vinaigrette bring bold flavors to this baked pasta recipe.
This version of the classic Greek casserole recipe is made with elbow macaroni, ground beef, and an egg- enriched white sauce. To simplify it, bottled Alfredo sauce replaces the homemade white sauce.
You can use lamb or beef in this hearty main dish casserole recipe.
Get a taste of the Mediterranean in this tasty bean and pasta salad. Feel free to swap couscous or quinoa for orzo.
Artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and kalamata olives add bold flavor to this low-fat chicken and pasta dinner.
The fresh herbs, vegetables, and olives that characterize Greek cuisine are tossed with pasta in this sprightly salad recipe. Feta cheese gives it a tangy finish.
With salads like this, who needs meat? This clever concoction is packed with protein-packed beans and feta, making it a perfect pick for vegetarian guests at potlucks and picnics. To up the nutritional ante, make the salad with whole-grain pasta.
Beat the summer heat with a refreshing veggie pasta dish that's bursting with flavor. Recipe by Laraine Perri
The debate over where pasta originated is far from resolved, but one thing's for certain: Both China and Italy can boast their fair share of traditional noodle and pasta dishes. It's generally accepted that layered pasta dishes like lasagna originated in Italy. But both China and Italy have stuffed pastas (ravioli in Italy, wontons in China) as well as long noodle dishes. The common belief that Marco Polo brought these concepts to Europe from China is debunked by historical Italian pasta references predating his journey. But no matter where the idea originated, learning how to make ravioli is a skill that can bring the whole famiglia together.
Italian sausage comes in countless varieties, including familiar types like pepperoni and salami; the kind of sausage most people refer to when they speak of how to cook Italian sausage is "sweet Italian," "spicy Italian" or "hot Italian" (the latter two are typically the same), and it's found in the pork section of the supermarket. Typically made with pork, peppers and Italian seasonings, Italian sausage is most commonly used in pasta dishes or as a topping for pizza, but it can be the centerpiece of many other dishes as well.
Just about every Italian joint in the U.S. knows how to make ziti, but why not put it together at home next time you're craving a hearty, red-sauce meal? Ziti--also referred to as baked ziti, depending on the preparation--is as honored among Italian-Americans as spaghetti with meatballs.
Spinach is delicious, but sometimes it's nice to mix things up--learning how to cook chard will provide an alternative leafy green for weeknight meals.
Since couscous is an ingredient better known in international cuisine than American, some people think of it as "exotic" and shy away from learning how to cook couscous. But this granular pasta with North African roots could hardly be more basic. And it's a cinch to prepare: The fast-cooking variety needs only as long as it takes to soak up boiled water or hot broth -- just a few moments, and it's done.