Friday, June 14, 2013

Simple Spinach Pasta with Tomato and Basil Sauce with Asparagus

This is one of my quick go to dishes. It can be done in 15 minutes and only takes 3 ingredients. I know this particular brand of pasta sauce isn't the healthiest, but the taste of it far outweighs the bad. Anyways, you are eating pasta made out of spinach and that's plenty healthy enough. Humph!

If you want a spicier version of this, Giorgio Baldi makes a great arrabiata sauce. If you never heard of Giorgio Baldi, then OMG you have to check out the restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. BEST ITALIAN FOOD EVER!

SERVINGS: 4 normal people if you use the whole box of pasta

1 Box De Boles Organic Spinach Spaghetti Style Pasta with Artichoke Inulin
1 Jar Giorgio Baldi Tomato and Basil Sauce (Whole Foods, Erewhon)
1 Bunch Asparagus
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
Ground Black Pepper

1. Bring a pot of hot water to boiling and add salt. Break spaghetti over sink in half and put in pot. Cook for 7 minutes or until preferred texture.
2. Fill pan with half an inch of water and put on high heat. Once it starts boiling add asparagus or any other vegetable of your choice and cook until tender. Add salt and pepper.
3. While spaghetti is draining, add red sauce to pot and swirl it around. Then add spaghetti and you are done!

-Cooking veggies in a pan with a little bit of water works just as well as a steamer and its so much easier.
-Don't ever try to fit pasta into a small pot of water, it will turn out sticky and gunky. It's a general rule in cooking that you never want to "crowd" the pan and this goes with pots as well.
-Depending on the size the asparagus you most likely have to cut the bottoms off or peel them if they are really thick.

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