Pasta e Fagioli

Warm up to this classic Italian pasta and bean soup, perfect for a cozy night in. It’s a great first course for a smaller gathering. ...


Pastichio is a popular main dish at weddings and holidays in Greece and Cyprus. Versions of this dish can also be found in Malta and Egypt. Serve it with a fresh green salad.

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Wheat berries are a nutty and chewy whole grain packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Before adding the wheat berries and other ingredients, make sure to massage the kale so it starts to soften....

Creamy Linguine

We’ll never turn down an excuse to cook with an open bottle of wine by our side. This pasta recipe calls for vinho verde, a soft, fizzy Portuguese wine that complements hearty whole grain linguine perfectly....

Spaghetti Alla Mollica

Mollica means crumb in Italian, and pasta alla mollica is yet another example in Mediterranean cooking of turning something you might throw out (stale bread) into something spectacular. 

Feisty Feta Chicken Pasta

Some store-bought Mediterranean dips have multiple uses, and one is in pasta sauce. This recipe uses a feta-based dip that adds creaminess to an otherwise simple tomato sauce. Use pasta shapes that hold thicker sauce well, such as penne or rotini. 

Penne with Red Wine

Turn your pasta pink! The bold color of this pasta dish comes from a red wine reduction sauce. Roasted butternut squash and asparagus add heartiness and earthy flavors for a complete pasta meal, perfect for colder months....

Walnut and Hummus Wrap

Brighten up school days with these hummus, veggie and toasted walnut wraps. In addition to offering a tasty crunch, walnuts add plant-based omega-3 fatty acids....

Cobb Salad Pita Pocket

Try these pita pockets for a Mediterranean twist on classic cobb salad. Feta cheese, olives, and tzatziki sauce are added to traditional cobb ingredients, and stuffed into a pita for easy eating that kids will love. ...

Penne with Tuna and Mushroom Tomato Sauce

This hearty pasta dish transforms a can of tuna and some vegetables into an impressive meal. It calls for a pound of any kind or mixture of mushrooms, allowing you to experiment with different types....

Whole Grains, Pasta Linked with Lower Breast Cancer Risk

An estimated 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime, so preventive lifestyle choices are an important area of research. To see how diet plays a role, Harvard scientists analyzed the grain food choices of 90,516 pre-menopausal women, and monitored their health outcomes for 22 years. After adjusting for known breast cancer risk factors, those eating 1.5 servings of whole grains per day were 18% less likely to get pre-menopausal breast cancer than those eating hardly any whole grains (0.2 servings/day). This relationship was no longer significant after adjusting for fiber, suggesting that the fiber in whole grains may play a protective role. When looking at individual grain foods, brown rice and pasta (white or whole grain) were associated with a lower risk of overall breast cancer risk, while white bread was linked with a higher risk of overall breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2016 Sep;159(2):335-45. (Farvid MS et al.)

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Aglio e Olio (literally “garlic and oil”) is an Italian classic and a perfect dinner for nights when you are running low on time and fresh ingredients. This version uses preserved anchovy fillets, a Mediterranean pantry staple....


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