Have you ever been in a situation when you had only 10 to 15 minutes to make something for lunch or dinner, something to fill you up, comforting and warm? Well, I’ve quite often been in that situation. There is no need to panic, you can keep your socks on, there is always pasta with spinach. It’s so easy that a 6 year old could make it, it’s also very nice. If you serve garlic bread or focaccia, salad and wine with it, you can even offer it to people coming for dinner. To make it look more like an effort and dinner party dish, you can give it some fancy name, like ‘pasta fresca’, ‘spaghetti aglio olio e spinaci’ or something like that. Trust me, not many people speak Italian or have a clue what they are eating, and a fancy name for a dish never fails, people always assume it must be something sophisticated if it’s got an Italian sounding name. Warning! As Woody Allen said ‘never bluff the bluffer’. If you are cooking for someone who knows something about cooking, just admit you are making something simple, because simplicity in the kitchen is as ‘in’ as neon is the new black in fashion.
This is the simplest and quickest way of making pasta.
2-3 spoons of olive oil
100 grams of pine nuts
3 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
spaghetti (or any pasta you like)
1. Boil salted water for pasta.
2. Warm olive oil in a pot, add crushed garlic and fry for a while. Don’t burn the garlic, so keep on a low heat with lots of stirring.
3. Add spinach, cover the pot.
4. In the meantime boil pasta.
5. Add some salt and pepper to spinach.
6. Roast pine nuts and add them to your pot of spinach.
7. Drain pasta, add it to the spinach. You can sprinkle it with some more olive oil and chopped basil.
8. Serve with parmesan.