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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 267.2
  • Total Fat: 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.0 mg
  • Sodium: 559.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 12.0 g

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Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Spinach and Tomato Pasta Salad

Introduction

Most pasta salads are heavy on the pasta and light on everything else. This version, which can be served warm or cold, includes a hefty portion of vegetables--both spinach and tomatoes. Most pasta salads are heavy on the pasta and light on everything else. This version, which can be served warm or cold, includes a hefty portion of vegetables--both spinach and tomatoes.
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    8 oz small pasta, such as ditalini or orzo
    8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
    16 oz grape tomatoes
    4 c Fresh Express Baby Spinach
    2 T capers, drained
    1/4 t black pepper
    2 T Parmesan or Manchego cheese, shredded

Tips

Chef Meg took inspiration from several different recipes to create a pasta salad that's heavy on the vegetables. She also added a full serving of cheese for protein! Swap feta for a low-sodium cheese if you are watching salt intake.
(Photo credit: Randall Hoover Photography)


Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente (firm to bite). While the pasta is cooking, place spinach, feta, and capers in a large bowl. Before draining pasta, add 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid to the mixture; toss to combine. Place the tomatoes in the bottom of a colander. Once pasta is cooked, drain it over the tomatoes for a quick blanch. Toss tomatoes and pasta with the spinach mixture. Season with black pepper and garnish with shredded cheese.
Makes six-2 cup servings.






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  • Good
    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
    A good starting place, but there was definitely something missing. Needed seasoning and some type of dressing. Maybe vinegar or lemon juice with a little olive oil. - 10/6/09

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  • Incredible!
    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! Also have made it with sauteed asparagus and chopped Roma tomatoes and served hot. - 8/18/09

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  • Very Good
    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    I loved this recipe but I did make alot of changes. Added shrimp, dijon mustard, lemon olive oil, red wine vinegar. Yummy, it ended up being one of my favorites. I will be making it again I think I will try it next time with crab - 11/16/09

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  • O.K.
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was kind of bland. I might try substituting fresh basil for some of the spinach if I make it again. - 9/1/09

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Love it! I didn't have any capers, so I put in some sun dried tomatoes. I also couldn't find orzo, so we used little alphabet pasta! I added some lemon juice for a little acid, and used lots and lots of ground pepper because I love it. Came out really good and my husband stole my leftovers! - 2/7/10

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
    FABULOUS! Now THIS is a salad I can get into! I love the "more salad" approach! - 8/18/09

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  • 10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I used to make this with a drizzle of lemon or garlic olive oil over it, now I just do a squeeze of lemon unless I'm low on fat for the day. - 11/19/09

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  • Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Great start, but I agree with many of our friends hereóit needs something more. I make an olive oil/fancy vinegar (whatever I happen to haveóbalsamic, etc.) dressing with a dash of Italian herbs (basil, oregano, etc.), a few sliced olives, and that does it for me without adding a lot more calories. - 7/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    My first time trying orzo and I'm told there is whole wheat orzo now? Chef Meg taste testing party hit for feta lovers. Great lunch to pack. Could have had even more spinache.
    2 cup servings make a nice balanced meal. - 11/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This is great! Even my pickiest eater (5 year old) had 2 helpings (I put a little bit of Ranch on his portions). - 8/18/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Ill add some greek olives and a little of the oil it come in! Yum! - 3/12/10

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  • 6 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to get home & try it tonight. Might sub some chopped kalamatta olives for the capers. LOVE Greek-influenced dishes like this. Keep 'em coming! - 1/14/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Awesome, this is so simple and delicious - 7/31/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    i have expiremented with these types of flavours before as i'm learning how to cook. though i usually use ravioli (pasta pillows with filling) to add another flavour e.g. beef, instead of orzo. i also add a little shredded fresh basil, some lemon and olive oil and let every one add thier own pepper. - 6/2/10

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  • Bad
    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I really didn't like this recipe, in fact I threw it away. Its just a personal prefrence. The Feta cheese is really over powering, I think I added to much Spinach. And it was kind of bland for me. Just my opinion though! :) - 8/26/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is fast and easy and TASTY! Definitely a keeper. I made mine with only 6 ounces of feta, because my grocery only sold it in that size, and it was good that way. - 8/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Love anything with spinach and feta. Definitely use whole wheat flour. I used fat free feta and will make tonight with gorganzola. - 3/27/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is a very simple and healthy meal. I found it good on it's own. My husband drizzled a bit of balsamic vinegar on it and gave it a bit of a zing! - 3/21/10

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I was wondering what i could do with some extra spinach I had in the fridge. Awesome! - 3/5/10

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Any pasta dish requires proper spicing (garlic and chillies). Anchovies are nice, also olives and capers! - 2/19/10

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I agree with several other raters. I made it exactly as the recipe said, but after tasting, I added a little Lite Italian Dressing. Oil and vinegar with some spices would've worked as well. Really needed something but good starting place!
    - 8/4/12

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    A great way to use my garden grape tomatoes. Thanks - 8/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yum. Yum, yum yum!!! Tried it tonight. LOVED IT. will fast become a dish in my regular rotation! - 8/18/09

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  • 2 of 14 people found this review helpful
    sounds amazing! its going on next week's grocery list! - 8/18/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm SO excited to see a picture that reflects the ingredients! It looks delicious! I'll rate after trying! Based on ingredients and picture, its at least a 4! - 8/4/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Make this recipe using "Fat Free" feta cheese and cut the calories by 47, per serving. Through personal experience, I find no difference in taste than regular feta. Could also add Italian seasonings, garlic, onions and sweet bell peppers for added flavor. - 8/4/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Added lots more pepper and removed capers. Tried to makeover this recipe but sparkpeople site wouldn't allow it. Used Ronzoni Garden mix Penne Rigate instead of Orzo. Let cool and added Tuna to increase protein. Very yummy! Felt like it needed some fresh basil (which I did not have). - 5/18/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Added some olive oil and italian seasoning along with chicken breast seared in just a touch of butter... Still a little bland, think I will add some vinegar to the dressing next time. - 11/3/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Quick and easy I really like it. - 7/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! Added some diced chicken & drizzled with a balsalmic vinegarette and it was a perfect light lunch. Definately going into my fave's file! - 4/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this. Having the leftovers for lunch today! I bet some grilled chicken would be an excellent addition to this salad - might have to try that for lunch tomorrow! - 4/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    ...a very healthy and tasty meal......we enjoyed the recipe very much! I added a little dijon mustard vinaigrette to ours... Yummy for the Tummy! Thanks for sharing! - 4/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    For those who find the feta overpowering, try goat cheese instead. Much creamier, & not so much of a bite. - 3/15/10

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  • Bad
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was not for me. Too much feta, for sure. Wasn't so bad warm, but when served cold as a salad the next day, I just couldn't handle it. - 3/1/10

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  • O.K.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    It was just okay. I think I didn't really like the small pasta or something. I won't be making it again. - 1/28/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great dish! You should try it! Sherry - 1/27/10

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  • O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a little fat-free balsamic vinegarette -- that helped, but otherwise pretty bland. - 1/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I put a bit of flax oil in it and raisins instead of capers. - 12/3/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a little garlic, my DH loves garlic!! - 11/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious! I used orzo for a nice change from regular pastas. - 9/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this last night. SO GOOD!! - 9/9/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I like pasta salads especially the ones with highly nutritious vegetables, and spinach is about the best there is. Thank you for the recipe. - 8/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The idea of using the small pasta is just fantastic. That simple idea and just brought past salad back to my menu! - 8/23/09

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic, easy to make and tastes great. Will have it more often. - 8/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Yumalishious - 8/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic! This will be a staple during the summer in my house. - 8/7/09

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  • I thought this had a great flavor, even without any dressing! I've never blanched anything before, but I loved the taste of the tomatoes. Will definitely make this again. Would love to find whole wheat ditalini or orzo pasta, though. - 2/12/14

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  • I cooked the pasta following a 'quick' recipe they usually show on the back of the box (I read some comments saying it was bland) and it was amazing! I served it with two strips of chicken tender on the side. I was a bit skeptic about the pasta's flavor but I will definitely be making this again! - 2/3/14

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  • This Recipe was easy and I used FF Herb and Garlic Feta Cheese... Delicious - 7/22/13

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  • Loved this.....even my husband did [and he's hard to please]. - 5/8/13

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  • Looks yummy, will be trying this tomorrow evening! - 4/23/13

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  • I added a light dressing of olive oil and cider vinegar, and it made a great lunch! - 4/23/13

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  • Spinich and tomatoes were too squishy/wimpy, too large in there, needed peas or something. - 4/11/13

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  • Sounds really tasty. And being a big fan of Feta then makes a really great main meal with a side salad. - 3/23/13

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  • I added olive oil and parsley to the lemon juice. This salad was really good. - 1/23/13

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  • I did everything except blanched the tomatoes. - 9/13/12

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  • Perfect the way it is...lots of healthy goodies yet low in calories...topped it off with low fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Chilled the pasta and it was an excellent dinner for a warm summer evening. - 8/9/12

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  • Mmmmmm! Good. Next time I think I'll leave out the capers, I just don't much care for them. - 8/6/12

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  • Healthy& Tasty - 8/6/12

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  • I don't like vegetables so this was an enjoyable way to get some spinach into me. - 8/6/12

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  • Definitely something I am trying for my hubby and me. (To the one who threw their's away - Next time, take to work and let others try it. Anything I do not like, I always offer it up to my fellow workers :) Usually it's a bigger hit for them, than my household!! :) Had a few recipe requests too.) - 8/5/12

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  • The whole family liked it. I also added a little garlic. - 8/4/12

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  • garlic--fresg garlic--needs it-- - 8/4/12

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  • The family loved it. I'm just not that in to spinach. - 8/3/12

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  • We loved it! I added 2-3 tsp of Lawry's coarse seasoned pepper; I only had 4 oz of Feta, so I doubled the fresh grated parmesan cheese; and, the grape tomatoes only came in a 10.5 oz container, so we were a little short on the amount listed for the recipe. This 'yum' pasta accompanied grilled salmon - 7/6/12

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  • This is such a great and quick weeknight recipe. - 6/22/12

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  • Very good and light!! - 6/21/12

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  • A tiny bit bland. Might try lemon juice next time. - 6/7/12

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  • Best pasta salad! I love spinach and feta together and with pasta..it just makes it better ;) - 4/30/12

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  • Yum!! The flavor is wonderful! - 4/29/12

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  • We thought this was quite tasty and with the capers ,the feta and the pepper to make a " dressing " didn't think it need a thing. - 4/8/12

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  • Loved it. It does need a little extra seasoning. - 3/18/12

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  • I loved it! I served it with a grilled chicken breast - 2/9/12

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  • I made this last week and covered with tinfoil for my husband when he got home for work and headed out to a baseball game with my son. Later, I got a text from him saying the pasta salad was fantastic! Glad he liked it and I think you will too! I added kalamata olives. - 8/2/11

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  • From a chef's point of view this recipe is not well balanced. Change the feta from regular to fat free. Saute 1/2 cup diced onions in 1T olive oil. Whisk that with 2T balsamic vinegar, 1T lemon juice and another T of olive oil. Add a dash of red pepper, a pinch of sea salt, and toss with the salad. - 7/27/11

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  • I enjoyed this recipe, and my husband ate it but later made a sandwich. Not quite enough for him. - 7/26/11

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  • Looks interestng have not made it yet but have to agree it looks bland. Loved the suggestions to spice it up going shopping will definetly try the spiced up version thanks for the help - 7/24/11

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  • I had to add some vinegar for my taste, used balsamic. But DH ate two servings! I used whole wheat orzo for extra fiber. - 7/24/11

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  • Not bad. I used some seasoned rice vinegar to give it some zip. - 7/23/11

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  • I made this recipe last night and it was AWESOME! I did add some grilled chicken strips, jarred sweet red peper, and extra capers. Also thought next time I might try adding some sun dried tomatoes :)! YUMMY! - 7/23/11

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  • This looks delicious!! I can't wait to try it. - 7/21/11

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  • Try using Wishbone Balsamic vinagrette dressing. Love Feta. Found some home-made Feta flavored at my local farmer's market. - 7/21/11

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  • This is our favorite. I omit the parmesan and add additional vegies i.e. onions, pepers, etc. and some spices such as cilantro, cumin, red peppers flakes--whatever's in the house. Top it with a little grilled chicken or beef or black bean and corn and you're good-to-go for a complete meal. - 7/21/11

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  • This looks like a lovely summer lunch! - 7/21/11

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  • This was my 1st Orzo dish. Husband didn't care for texture or taste but had 2nds, and daughter and I both loved it. I left out the capers and cut the feta by half, then added a package of pink salmon and some canned diced tomatoes on the side and it was very good! - 7/2/11

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  • Wowee zowee! My healthfood hating family LOVES this recipe. They actually asked me to make it again. They took 2nds & 3rds. I skipped the step to use pasta liquid & instead used 1/4 cup of Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. This didn't add many calories & tasted great! - 6/26/11

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  • Love it! - 6/14/11

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  • Is this really a 2 cup serving? - 6/7/11

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  • I left out the capers and added a small can of black olives. The olives added the kick the dish needed. I found it a little tacky and not initially visually appealing but it tasted great! I will try again using quinoa. - 5/22/11

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  • Oh, I am making this tonight... yum yum! - 4/28/11

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  • So good:) - 2/14/11

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  • Needs a light vinegar oil dressing. - 2/12/11

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  • I added some chopped fresh basil and a little splash of lemon juice and it was great! - 1/29/11

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  • My husband and I loved this. We are going to make it again. - 1/26/11

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  • Loved it! Super easy and super yummy for those of us who love feta! - 1/23/11

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  • very quick; very easy; new taste for me but I Loved it! Will definitely make again - 1/22/11

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  • This sounds really versatile- could also use quinoa and couscous - 1/22/11

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  • I'll try it but I'll cut down on the feta cheese. - 1/21/11

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  • I love pasta and spinach, am going to make this for Lunch tomorrow. :) Thank you - 1/21/11

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  • I have been making something similiar for years and everyone loves it. I saute the tomatoes in olive oil and garlic first then add the spinach until just wilted and serve pver whole wheat pasta and add feta cheese. Saute'ng the tomatoes and some garlic in olive oil really bring out the flavors. - 1/21/11

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