Sister's Awesome Pasta Salad

Sister's Awesome Pasta Salad

I have fabulous sisters. They have helped me through an incredible amount of crap. I am sure they will all have a spotlight on this blog eventually, but for now I would like to tell you about my sister Lissa. She is an amazing, beautiful woman. She has been by my side through all of my son's surgeries and hospitalizations.

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Parmesan-olive wedges

For the olive-loving one, you really must try this recipe. It is delicious.

This tasty, olive-y treat was one of my favorites from Ebby's and my Bloggy Day a few weeks ago. I'm a total sucker for olives. They are one of my all-time favorite foods. As with The Mushroom, I will never understand my husband's dislike for them. It perplexes me.

For those of you in my camp, the olive-loving one, you really must try this recipe. It is delicious.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and generously coat it with cooking spray. Remove one crust from a 15-oz. package of rolled refrigerator unbaked pie crusts. Unroll the crust into an 11-inch circle and place it onto the greased aluminum foil. Allow it to stand according to package directions.

In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add to the skillet:

1 cup chopped leek (white parts only)

1/2 cup chopped fennel

Cook for 5 minutes, or until tender.

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in:

3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Spread the mixture onto the center of the pastry, leaving the outer 1 1/2 inches uncovered. Fold the uncovered pastry up over the filling.

Bake for 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust is golden brown. Cut into 8 wedges and serve warm.

Mmmmmmm, olives..