Jump on the cilantro bandwagon!

Did you know that some people hate cilantro? I don't get it either. I love cilantro. I found a site dedicated to the banishment of this wonderful herb. Seriously, check it out:

Of course it's fantastic in Mexican food, but my favorite use of cilantro is in a so-easy-you-can't-believe-it recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. Cilantro, pasta, feta, garlic (another obsession which will be highlighted in a future post) - could it get any better than that? Fast, easy and relatively healthy (it IS in Cooking Light, after all). My mom and dad have made this for years. I never knew how simple it was until I gave it a whirl myself.

Farfalle with Cilantro Salsa
Cooking Light, May 1995

8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped (doesn't hurt to add more - you may find that one can is not enough if you like stewed tomatoes as much as I do)

8 cups hot cooked farfalle (about 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta)

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Add pasta; toss gently. Serve at room temperature.

Um, could the preparation be any easier than that? This is certainly not going to blow your socks off, but if you #1 love cilantro and #2 want something simple and tasty, then try it.


PS. I promise I will start adding photos soon. Blogs are kinda boring without them, huh?


Erin said...

Loved the Pasta Salad, Jenna! It was delicious and a huge hit for a girls BBQ we had recently. Yum!

Teri B. said...

sounds yummy. saw the recent post with the brown rice vs. the pasta - which is better? going to try this week!

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