Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pasta with Tomatoes, Spinach and Ricotta


It was another one of those days where it was 4:30 and Bambino's dinner time was creeping around the corner. We had just come home from having a play date at Barnes and Noble and it was time to focus on food. (Yes, we play and have dates at Barnes and Noble. If they didn't want us there they wouldn't have a train table and storytime to keep us busy! We also visit the toy store next door which has toys to test out.) I had some leftover homemade pizza in the fridge from the day before, but I wanted to give her something else that was a bit more substantial. I scoured the fridge and found tomatoes, spinach and ricotta cheese. Epiphany! Just mix it all with some pasta and voila, dinner is served! And so it was. Oh, and garlic! Can't forget the star of the show, garlic!

It was truly a simple, simple dish and oh so good! I had a plate of it myself! Bambino enjoyed eating it along  with a slice of veggie pizza. This wasn't a dish Hubby ate since it has tomatoes and he doesn't care for tomatoes, so good thing there were leftovers in the fridge for him! 

I don't have a link to this recipe because it was invented by me.

Ingredients:
1 cup dried pasta (I used mini farfalle because that is what Bambino likes.)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
juice of one lemon
1/4 cup ricotta cheese (I used fat free)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.

2. Heat oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until golden brown.

3. Add in tomatoes. Cook until juice starts to run. Add in spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted. Add juice of one lemon. Add salt and pepper according to taste.

4. Drain pasta and reserve liquid! Add pasta to vegetables. Add in ricotta cheese. Mix. If pasta appears dry, add reserved pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time. Taste and add more salt or pepper if desired

5. Cool and serve!

Amateur Cooking Difficulty Scale: 2
Another super easy one. There aren't too many steps to this and the pasta cooking takes the most amount of time. 

I'll definitely be making this one again. It was quick. It was easy. And Bambino and I loved it! 

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