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
salt

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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