You can't beat the classic combination of olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes and basil. Add some pasta and cheese and it's perfect! In fact, you can add peppers or mangetout if you're serving a crowd. This dish is delicious warm or cold as a pasta salad.
Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.
Great recipe! This pasta is good warm or cold. I marinated about 3 cups of cherry tomatoes that I cut in half lengthwise, cut the olive oil down to 1/4 cup, used 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion and doubled the amount of fresh basil. I added 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes, a bit of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, and a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar. I let everything marinate along with the garlic, salt and pepper for a few hours at room temp. Boiled some penne pasta then tossed it with the feta and parmesan. This was a meal all in itself, but was a great side dish for some grilled italian marinated chicken. - 23 Apr 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I really loved this. It was so good I could hardly stop eating! I used Trader Joe's multi-grain flax spiral pasta, and chose to sautee the onion a few minutes. I left the garlic raw, however, as I enjoy that flavor. I added a little more fresh basil and an extra tomato too. I cut down on the oil by 2 TBS, and added two splashes of red wine vinegar. I loved how the feta tasted with all the ingredients. Great recipe!! - 14 Sep 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This recipe was excellent with fresh garden tomatoes. I rolled and sliced the basil, and added 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes to the tomato mixture. Since this was more tasty the next day, The next time I let the mixture marinade over night in the fridge, heat just to room temp, and then serve over pasta. - 13 Mar 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)