Recipes

Quick Pasta with Spinach and Feta

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It’s been a while since I last wrote in my blog and I have been blaming this on how crazy life became in December. My husband leaving his job and helping to start up a company from scratch; the frequent visitors home since we were trying to sell our apartment; stress of banks etc because of the new home we are buying, and of course all this happening in the midst of the Christmas season! I began the year with a constant feeling of “not having enough time”. Time to cook, time to tidy up, time to do the daily routine and time to do things outside the routine, like posting here. So I have decided (a belated New year resolution if you want) that I will not make any excuses of not having enough time. From today my motto is “I have enough time to get things done”.

Having said that, sometimes we really are pressed for time. So speedy dinners are more than welcome. So here you go: for those days when you don’t feel like cooking but dont wish to serve a ready made dinner form the freezer (not that I ever do that of course🙄) here is one of my speedy recipes that you can prepare in 10 minutes or less. Because I made this in a rush, the recipe serves only 3 people (we are only 3 at home), so please calculate accordingly. Also, please excuse the quick mobile pics, but it was either that, or not posting at all.

The fact that this dish only needs 5 ingredients is a bonus because you don’t have to stop at the supermarket on the way home either. This dish is also very versatile, because you can use it as a baseline and add on items to make it more rich or filling. Some ideas are pine nuts or walnuts, sundried or cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, leftover chicken breast strips and sausage.

Start off by preparing the 5 Simple Ingredients:

  1. Chopped Spinach, about 200g. I defrosted some form the freezer but of course, fresh is best
  2. 1-2 garlic cloves depending on your preference, crushed
  3. 100g Feta cheese, chopped or crumbled
  4. 1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning herbs or if you dont have this, a teaspoon or 2 of basil pesto will make it tasty
  5. Your choice of pasta. Here I used 200g wholemeal fusilli, but with this dish I also like to use spaghetti, linguine or tagliatelle.

The method is ridiculously easy! Boil a pot of water and add the pasta. While its cooking, fry the spinach until it wilts and add the crushed garlic. Add herbs or pesto. If any of the extra ingredients mentioned above are going to be added, they should be added at this stage. When pasta is ready al dente, drain it and put it back into the pot. Add the cooked spinach mixture and mix well. Add the feta and mix again. Garnish with grated parmesan or pine nuts if desired.

 

What I love about this recipe: if you get interrupted by your kids wanting to go potty or you take long to eat your plate because you’re feeding the little ones, this dish also tastes great after it’s gone cold! In fact, you know what, I’m gonna save any leftovers to take with me to work tomorrow 😉

 

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