Thursday, February 26, 2009
I tried this meal after finding it on a friend's blog and we loved how fresh and tasty it was, even without any meat. It's perfect for those nights when you just need something fast and light!
8 oz. dry noodles (ziti or rotini)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs. olive oil
3 cups coarsely chopped, seeded tomatoes (~6 medium)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (I used slivered almonds instead)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Gorgonzola cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and keep warm.
Meanwhile in a large skillet cook onion and garlic in hot olive oil over medium heat until onion is tender. Add tomato, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Cook and stir over medium-high heat about 2 minutes or until tomato is warm and releases some of its juices. Stir in spinach; heat just until greens wilt.
To serve, top pasta with tomato mixture; sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and cheese. Serves 4-6.