Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spinach & Tomato Spaghetti

Sometimes, when you are really hungry, you just can't wait for a proper meal to cook, so if you can't make something quick you end up filling up on chocolate and junk food and then you are not hungry for real food when it is finally ready. But it's not really enough so then in the middle of the night you wake up hungry. It's not a good way to go about having a healthy diet. Yet it is a way of life that I am prone to slipping into, thus in order to have a healthy diet I really on quick meals or leftovers from the weekend for most week-day evenings. That's why you will find an unproportionate number of quick and easy pasta meals on this blog - pasta is my go-to when I am in a hurry, because I know that I can throw together whatever I have and make something yummy, with very little risk that it will turn out awful. So today's quick and easy pasta meal is spaghetti with fresh cherry tomatoes and spinach.

Fresh Spinach and Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

2 punnets cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
200 grams baby spinach
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs
Cracked black pepper
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 servings wholegrain spaghetti

First, cook the spaghetti as you normally would, and while it cooks prepare all of the other ingredients.

When the spaghetti is cooked, drain it and set it aside. Then place the saucepan back on the hot stove and add the butter and olive oil. When the butter is melted add the garlic, the mixed herbs, the tomatoes and the spinach. Cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted. Make sure to keep the heat up high so that everything cooks quickly, stirring so that it doesn't stick or burn, because if you are too slow the spaghetti will cool and stick together.

When the spinach is soft and dark, add the hot pasta back into the saucepan along with the parmesan cheese. Stir it until the spaghetti is coated well in the juices from the vegetables and the cheese. Season with cracked black pepper, and salt if need be, then serve immediately, with more parmesan for sprinkling.

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