Greek Garlic Pasta ~ Recipe from Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly

Greek Garlic Pasta

Ginny George’s Greek Garlic Pasta
Janet Chester Bly

Ginny calls this Greek Death By Garlic. Not wanting to scare away any potential cooks, I softened the name. Ginny wanted to fix this for Reba during her stay at Road's End, Idaho. However, she complained in Chapter 7  of Wind in the Wires that the Cahills didn't keep hot chorizo, green peppers, or near enough garlic on hand in their pantry. Can you imagine the spicy menu if Reba ever goes to visit Ginny and her large Greek family in California?

Servings: 6-8

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
20 cloves garlic, minced or to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 tsp. black pepper or to taste
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes or hot pepper
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves or 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
3 cups penne or rotini pasta
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried rosemary
Pinch of ground dried mint
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4-1/3 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 or 2 red peppers, cut in strips or diced
1 or 2 green peppers, cut in strips or diced
1 or 2 yellow peppers, cut in strips or diced
1 can black olives, sliced or whole, drained
1 red or purple onion, sliced thinly
1 (250 g) package feta cheese or 1/2 oz blue cheese, cut and crumbled
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest
1 lemon, juice of
6 hot Italian sausages or chorizo sausage, cooked and 1/2” slices


Cook pasta according to package directions.
While pasta is cooking, in a large stir fry pan or skillet, sauté garlic and peppers in oil.
Add sausage, olives, and seasonings to warm through.
Toss hot pasta with garlic mixture and add salt & pepper
Garnish with cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, onion slices, pepper flakes, and parsley.
Serve immediately in a pre-warmed serving dish.

About The Book

Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly
Wind in the Wires

A cowgirl's search for love and family. An old man's quest to seek justice. An eerie story of lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?

It's 1991. Reba Cahill loves ranching with Grandma Pearl in north central Idaho. But there's a lot of work and only two of them. Can she find a man worthy of her attentions and strong enough to help her run the ranch? She finds few prospects in the small town of Road's End.

But Reba is also missing something else: her mother. Deserted by her at three-years-old and never knowing her dad, she feels a sense of longing and loss. And bitterness.

When elderly, quirky Road's End citizen Maidie Fortress dies, Uncle Seth presents Reba Cahill with an expensive piece of jewelry that turns Reba's world upside down. she is thrust into a journey with Seth that exposes dark family secrets and two cold case murders.

The evidence leads her down unexpected paths and towards unsuspected admirers. Will the truth also ruin all hope for romance?

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Janet Chester Bly
Credit: Ridinger’s of Lewiston, ID

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