Superfast superfood pasta – Wicklow baby spinach is back in season!!

May 20, 2011

This week our bags have lovely baby spinach from the Healy’s farm in Wicklow. It cooks in a minute so is a great fast food. Serve it straight up with a knob of butter or a drizzle of olive oil. For a really delicious side dish sauté a few chopped cloves of garlic in butter then throw on the spinach, mix everything together well and serve. For a main course add some cream and Parmesan and you’ve got a very quick pasta sauce. This week’s recipe is a pasta dish but without the cream as I’m sure that we’d all like to hit the beach at some stage this year…………..

Pasta with baby spinach, garlic and black olives

You’ll need:

120gr baby spinach

5 cloves garlic – if you’re using the fresh stuff from last week use more

Butter

Olive oil

Handful of stoned black olives roughly chopped

Pasta – whatever you like, kids shouted for shells so I went with those

First of all stick on the kettle for the pasta (this dish is that fast) Wash your spinach then roughly shred it. Stick on the pasta.
Chop the garlic then gently sauté it in a large knob of butter and some olive oil. When the garlic has softened (don’t let it change colour as it’ll start to burn very quickly after that) add the spinach and toss it until it has wilted and is well coated in butter and garlic. Add the olives and when the pasta is cooked, drain it and mix into the pasta adding some more butter and olive Oil aswell as a couple of tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Spinach is, of course, fab in all kinds of salads and sambos. Try it with this week’s cherry vine tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and goat’s Cheese or with walnuts and feta. Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and serve with a simple omelette or some fish.

Have a great weekend,
Sarah

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6 Responses to “Superfast superfood pasta – Wicklow baby spinach is back in season!!”

  1. banbamama Says:

    I love this dish. I make something similar and add mascarpone (naughty but nice!). I like the salad ideas you give, especially the walnut and feta salad.

  2. Dani Says:

    looks great Sarah. Exhausted after busy week and think you just might have sorted dinner. thanks

  3. Ivana Says:

    We just finished eating something similar – but with gnocchi and a bit of ricotta – we loved it. I am looking forward to see more spinach on Monday, I’ve never cooked it with pasta so we will definitely do that 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Sonia Luna Says:

    That sounds delicious, except I didn’t get any baby spinach in my bag! ):

    • homeorganics Says:

      Well that won’t do!!!! Sincere apologies Sonia. Maybe Chuck forgot to take it out of the van. I’ll make sure you get some next week. Sarah ps your blog looks gorgeous


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