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Vegetable Pasta with Sauteed Spinach, Garlic, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

healthy cooked pasta and spinach with sun-dried tomatoes, garlicIt’s 7 degrees F here today! Can you have healthy comfort food? Yes!


2 cups vegetable spelt pasta

1 cup sundreid tomatoes packed in oil

5-8 cloves garlic, chopped

1 smallish onion, chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/4 tsp Italian herbs

As much fresh baby spinach as will fit in a large (14 inch) skillet, or about 8-10 cups packed leaves

Squeeze of lemon

Dash of cayenne

To Make:

Boil water, add the pasta, and cook according to package directions for the pasta you choose.  Meanwhile, pour about 3 TBSP of the oil from the sun-dreid tomatoes into a large skillet. Briefly saute the chopped onions and garlic.  Add all the spinach and stir over high heat until the spianch is all wilted but still bright green. Add water a TBSP at a time if needed to keep food from sticking.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, herbs, and cayenne right at the end, and cook until just heated..

Drain the pasta and toss with the spinach mixture.  Add a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper to taste.

Voila! Takes under 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook.  The kids approved. Fast, warm, and tasty.  For us this made 6 largish servings.  You can endlessly adapt this recipe in so many ways — just remember – if you choose pasta, practice eating it without cheese!

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3 Comments to Vegetable Pasta with Sauteed Spinach, Garlic, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

  1. Divna's Gravatar Divna
    January 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Love a sound of this recipe. Will provide proper feed back after putting it into practice. Thank you, Laura.

  2. Bonnie's Gravatar Bonnie
    June 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    This was delicious. I used my own garden fresh herbs and added 1/2 cup toasted almonds for a nice crunch – perfect! My husband hates spinach and he could not get enough. Thanks!

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