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This blog contains a selection of recipes from all over, in particular from Andalucía, Asia, England, Germany and the Mediterranean. Contributors include Rita Drechsler, Jovan Le Knorz, Madita Schröder, and Paul Whitelock, who are all members of the same extended Anglo-German family. Rita and Paul live in the Serranía de Ronda in Andalucía. Madita and Jovan live in Baden-Wuerttemberg, near Heilbronn, Germany.

Carolyn’s Mediterranean pasta salad
Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 7:35 AM

Carolyn Emmett is another guest recipe provider whom we are pleased to welcome to the Serrania Kitchen blog. In 2013 Carolyn designed and produced "The Cookbook and Village Guide" (El Libro de Cocina y Guia del Pueblo), a bilingual recipe book based on Montejaque, that included recipes from locals, from extranjeros who live in the village and from local bars and restaurants.


Carolyn’s Mediterranean pasta salad



1. 1 bag of Penne or Pennetta white pasta
2. 1 small container of low-fat feta
3. 1 small crate of grape tomatoes or 3 large tomatoes
4. 1/2 red onion
5. 2 dashes Tabasco or hot sauce
6. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
7. 1/3 cup olive oil
8. 1 teaspoon salt (pepper to taste)
9. Several leaves of fresh basil or about 1.5 tablespoons dry crushed basil



Fully cook and shock the pasta with cold water, then put it in a large bowl to the side.

Slice the grape or cherry tomatoes in half, then chop the red onion into small bits.

To make the dressing, combine the oil, vinegar, salt, hot sauce and pepper into a bowl. Whisk until completely blended.

In the large bowl with the pasta, combine the onion, tomatoes, basil and feta. Stir together, then drizzle the dressing over the salad, while stirring.

There you have it!

Serve warm with sea salt and a glass of crisp Prosecco for an authentic Italian lunch!


©   Carolyn Emmett


About Carolyn Emmett

Carolyn Emmett and husband Kevin live in Montejaque in the Serrania de Ronda. They have had an exciting expatriate life, having lived in Canada, Indonesia, Botswana and South Africa before retiring to Montejaque in 2011. In 2013 Carolyn designed and produced The Cookbook and Village Guide (El Libro de Cocina y Guia del Pueblo), a bilingual recipe book that includes recipes from the locals, bars and restaurants and extranjeros. All proceeds from the cookbook are earmarked for a social project in the village.


Tags: carolyn emmett, mediterranean, pasta, prosecco salad, tabasco, tomato

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