Miskotini With Feta

I’ve been enjoying Greek-made pasta of late. The folks at Misko who make an array of pasta were kind enough to send me samples of their Greek pasta varieties.

Most Greeks will acknowledge we didn’t invent pasta but most Greeks will assure you (and demonstrate if you like) their love of eating pasta.

I’ll be heading off to New York City tomorrow but upon my return, I plan to showcase some more Greek pasta dishes. We have noodles from Asia, everyone loves Italian pasta, the Spanish have been enjoying in for ages and the Greeks round-out the roster with age-old dishes, enjoyed by generations.

One such combo is a simple delight of eating pasta with Feta cheese. I can remember my mom boiling some spaghetti, browning some butter and finishing the dish off with some crumbled feta.

I’d assume most Greek families enjoy this quick, easy and delicious dish and yes, it’s been done for awhile…for as long as feta has existed.

For anyone who’s bought a large quantity of feta, you’ll know that crumbled pieces of Feta are usually to be found at the bottom, when you’ve reached your last slab of cheese.

With Greeks pursuit to “waste not – want not”…even those lonely last remaining feta pieces get consumed…for pasta with Feta!

You may certainly crumble your own Feta to make this easy dish but this is a frugal dish that stretches the ingredients boundaries…using those last bits of feta at the bottom.

The most common approach to this dish is browning some butter, adding the cooked spaghetti in to the skillet and tossing the crumbled Feta which slightly melts and coats the pasta with Feta goodness.

Here, I’ve upped the ante by adding some roasted garlic, cream, black pepper, parsley and some Greek oregano into the mix.

As soon as you toss the ingredients into the boiled pasta and smell the aroma from the skillet, you’ll know this is a winner!

Miskotini With Feta
(serves 4)

500 gr. packet of Miskotini pasta
4 cloves of roasted garlic

approx. 200gr. crumbled Feta
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. dried Greek oregano
salt and pepper to taste
some reserved pasta water

  1. Get a large pot of water to boil. Add a good amount of salt and cook your pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a small saucepan or “briki”, add your cream and roasted garlic and mash it into the cream. Add the crumbled Feta and over medium low heat, stir until most of the cheese has melted and melded into the cream. Turn heat off and keep warm.
  3. When your pasta is cooked, reserve some pasta water and drain the pasta. Pour the pasta back into the pot, add the Feta/cream mixture and toss to coat. If the sauce is too dry, add some pasta water.
  4. Now continue to toss by adding the chopped fresh parsley and dried Greek oregano and adjust seasoning with some ground black pepper (salt rarely needed).
  5. Serve immediately.

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Peter Minakis

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97 Comments for “Miskotini With Feta”

kittie

says:

Oh yes – pasta, garlic, cheese… what’s not to like!

Good tip on using up the end of the box – thanks Peter!

Ben

says:

Easy and frugal, just the kind of dishes I have been gathering for the hard times ahead, hehe. Question, what’s the difference between Italian pasta and Greek pasta? I’ve never had the Greek kinda and I am curious.

Have a great trip! :)

joanne @ frutto della passione

says:

That looks divine and I second Ben’s question. I’d love to know the difference.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

says:

Some of my favorite things all in one dish… what is not too love!! As always wonderful recipe and great tips!

The Short (dis)Order Cook

says:

Simple and creamy. This is a great comfort food – a Greek version of Mac and Cheese.

I’ll be finishing up my post on it later today, but I wanted to let you know that chickpea dish was awesome – and chickpeas are not on the top of my favorite legume list.

Can’t wait to see you in NY!

Sylvia

says:

I came back fron another blog , saying that you are areal inspiration .This recipe just confirm that I said. I love , love, really love pasta and garlic

Peter M

says:

YW,Kittie. ;)

Laurie, you know I will!

Ben and Joanne, Greek pasta is simply made in Greece…a closer connection to the Greek food, no?

Ioanna, perhaps…

Marjie, I certainly will.

Cathy, you’re welcome.

Patricia, a feta addiction is a good thing.

Disorder…that’s wonderful – I look forward to your post!

Sylvia…thanks so much!

OhioMom

says:

I love the simplicity of this dish, wish I hadn’t used the last of my Feta. Oh well, time to buy some more :)

Fearless Kitchen

says:

This looks great. It’s a very simple, very basic, and very delicious preparation that leaves no excuses for using the **** from a jar pasta sauces.

glamah16

says:

Now Im always looking for fugal satisfying dishes , and this is it! Safe trip to NYC. Dont let me read about you making a ruckus at Scores.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

says:

Gosh, I have missed so many of your posts – seems I always show up on pasta day! :)

I love this dish, but that is saying nothing new when it comes to your food!

Natashya

says:

Noodles! I love noodles. And feta – we buy the buckets ’cause I never want to be without.
Send some of your cheesy pasta my way, I am starving.

Dawn

says:

Peter I just printed this recipe out. When that happens that means it’s in the pile of meals to make for the next couple of weeks. I just HAVE to have this one. But no greek pasta over here, so I assume it’s ok to use regular pasta.
And please tell your pasta friends at Misko that I am MORE than happy to receive their pasta and create dishes with it. :-)

Dawn

says:

I forgot to say: if you’ve not made reservations for a place to stay, stay at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square. Friggin awesome Peter. Best ever! And so is the W too. lol
Have fun!

Cassoulet Cafe

says:

I make this exact dish quite often….well i;m greek so it is to be expected LOL..
but i also saute some prawns in garlic and olive oil and add those to the pasta, with fresh basil. and some olive oil for good measure over the pasta. and more feta :)

Zen Chef

says:

Woa- that’s a beautiful thing. A creamy feta cheese pasta… How come i never thought of it!? Well, i’m not Greek, maybe that’s why. I gotta try your recipe.

@Glamah: Don’t worry, i won’t let him make a ruckus at Scores. :-)

Safe trip Monsieur Peter!

Heather

says:

I, too, am on a pasta kick. Tonight is the old stand-by, linguine with bacon and chard (a musky little hunk of leftover chevre, too).

I almost got some feta tonight, but am still tryna get through the remnant cheeses first. :)

Emily

says:

So simple, yet so delicious. How can you go wrong with brown butter, feta and pasta?

Have a wonderful time in the city! Try not to get into too much trouble.

EAT!

says:

I have made a similar recipe with Parmesan cheese, but I think I may even like your recipe with feta better. It looks good enough to eat for breakfast.

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

alexandra's kitchen

says:

yes, is pasta with brown butter a Greek thing? My grandmother would always boil egg noodles and toss them with brown butter and serve them with her red chicken (made with a cinnamon stick … my favorite). These noodles look so simple yet so delicious. Simple is often the best!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js

says:

Now I know what to do with the crumbled feta: make this, because it looks so delicious.

Have a great time in New York City and looking forward to more pasta dishes. . .

Leni

says:

Just found your blog. The recipes look awesome.. and even without trying this dish- I, too, agree my go-to comfort food is pasta with feta..of course chickpeas are my next most favorite food so I will need to try that recipe next.

Choosy Beggar Tina

says:

That looks delightful – and what a nice change for people(like my partner) who eat a whole lot of pasta with butter and parmesan….this looks so much TASTIER, and I love salty good feta.

Lori Lynn

says:

Hi Peter – hope you’re having a great time in NY. I especially love this dish. Sometimes I come home from work and just want a great tasting pasta dish without too much fuss with ingredients I have on hand. I usually have all these ingredients, and plan to make this soon, and I suspect, often. Thanks.

Holler

says:

This would most definitely be worth breaking open a fresh packet of feta for, although it is a great idea for using up left over feta.

Sandie

says:

I am living proof you needn’t be Greek or Italian to love pasta!

(or Greek to love feta cheese for that matter…it’s one of my favorites!)

Chocolate Shavings

says:

That looks like the perfect winter, heart-warming dish. And with feta, nothing can ever go wrong!

Have a great time in New York city, and I look forward to reading more of your culinary adventures.

Mochachocolata Rita

says:

oh gosh….a super sinful combo you have there, peter! i love love love it and btw i am super jealous of your trip hehehe

myfrenchkitchen

says:

Now seeing this is to make me realize I haven’t yet had lunch! so this will be it…don’t have Miskotini, but plain old linguine..Delicious!
No doubt you’re having fun in NY!
Ronell

RecipeGirl

says:

I love this sort of pasta dish. I don’t put feta in pasta very often but I actually prefer it over other cheeses.

Lore

says:

While you’re having tons of fun in NYC I can only think about your miskotini…the feta meting into the cream is pure heaven and highly addictive!

~~louise~~

says:

I’m in heaven at the thought of this simply elegant dish.

Have a wonderful time in New York. I can’t wait to “see” what you bring back:)

melissa

says:

NYC is freakin awesome and all, but coooome baaaaack. *WHINING* I miss your beautiful food and warm funny “voice”! :)

…hope you’re having a good time though. ;)

Susan from Food Blogga

says:

That is one lusciously creamy mound of pasta, and the roasted garlic must be incredible.

Toni

says:

I remember when I was in my 20s, I used to make pasta with whatever the leftover cheese du jour was. I’m sure feta was in there somewhere. I just never upped the ante like this – thanks!

Meghan

says:

this looks wonderful.. from an italian girls perspective… who loves loves loves greek food.

tell me… anything different in greek style noodles? or just the loving greek grandma cranking out the sheets of pasta?

p.s. im baaaaack.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

I love the sound of this dish. You’ve also resolved my dilemma about what I should have for dinner tonight…granted, I don’t have any Greek pasta, but the rest is all set!

And hope the trip was a good one!

Jeanne

says:

OK, can’t type right now, too busy drooling!! You have been single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of my feta love and I am DEFINITELY going to make this!

Johnna Knows Good Food: Yum Yum, Gimme Some!

says:

Your food always looks soo delicious! When can I come and eat??? lol

cook eat FRET

says:

this is the greek version of major major comfort food. looks hugely delicious. as in perfecto.

ok – here i go. down the list of posts that i have missed…

farida

says:

Pasta with feta cheese is my favorite. I usually make it the simple way you describe – pasta, butter and feta cheese with sprinkled fresh hers, but I love this version of yours with cream and garlic. Yum!