Saturday, June 9, 2012

Light Spinach Penne Saute Recipe

A lighter dish for the warmer weather. Great for a light lunch or dinner.
Full of  great Italian flavors and won't hurt you waistline.

1 16 oz package of fresh spinach rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb whole wheat or regular pasta of choice boiled with reserving 1/4 cup pasta water
extra olive oil for tossing pasta in
grating cheese
red pepper flakes
fresh basil
black pepper

Boil pasta in salt water according the package instructions, drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Place pasta in a bowl with the water, add a few tablespoon of olive oil and mix together with 1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
In a large fry pan, add the wet spinach in 2 tablespoons olive oil, cover to avoid splattering,  sprinkle with salt, pepper and add red pepper flakes to taste. Add in 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic after spinach has cooked down and wilted. Cook around two more minutes. Takes around 5 minutes total cooking time. Place pasta on a plate, top with sauteed spinach. Sprinkle with grating cheese and top with some fresh basil. We love spicy hot so add more red pepper if you like.
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