This week I created a new recipe and it turned out to be one that even the kids loved! I kept thinking for days of what it is that I would want in a great pasta dish. It finally all came to as I was out doing my morning walk. I would want angel hair pasta (my favorite), lots of spinach, onions, grape or cherry tomatoes, and a garlic oil sauce (agli olio, which means garlic and oil). So below is the recipe for what I came up with. It's a vegan pasta dish that is simple to make, nutritious, light, and tastes great!
You could also replace the Hodgson Mill angel hair pasta that I used with their gluten free angel hair pasta (the Hodgson Mill gluten free pastas are the best I've had). Just be sure to adjust for the amount of pasta you are using (you would want to use two boxes to equal the 1 pound of pasta used here), or cut the ingredients below in half and use one box, in order to make a smaller amount).
Angel Hair Agli Olio Florentine with Grape Tomatoes Recipe
What you need:
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of raw spinach
2 cups of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 box Hodgson Mill whole wheat angel hair pasta
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tsp
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I used vegan parmesan)
pepper to taste
2 cups reserved pasta cooking water
Cook the pasta according the package directions. While that is cooking, put the chopped onion, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil in medium frying pan. Cook the onions a few minutes, until they become translucent. Then, reduce to simmer and add in 1/2 cup of olive oil, along with 2 cups of the pasta cooking water. Add in spinach, salt, and pepper, mix everything together and continue simmering for about 5 minutes. Once pasta has been drained, put it in a large bowl and add the garlic oil sauce mixture to it, add in the tomatoes and parmesan, and toss. You are now ready to enjoy!
This recipe serves 4-6, depending on your appetite. We have a family of four and we had leftovers that we could eat the next day for lunch (always a good thing!).
Here are some pictures the ingredients, as well as the final delicious outcome:
Give the recipe a try for yourself and see what you think. It's a light dish that the whole family is sure to love!