Garlic Penne Pasta (Spinach, tomato, lemon & basil)
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Serves: few servings of pasta
 
This Get Well Garlic Pasta - with fresh spinach, tomato, lemon & basil, packs just the punch necessary to help you combat seasonal germs when you're under the weather! Mild & delicious, this pasta dish is simple and full of nutrient dense ingredients, that's easy to do in 15 minutes, even when you're sick! This makes for an easy and delicious weeknight meal no matter how you're feeling!
What to get:
  • ~ 4 oz of dried egg noodles (Like Dutch Pennsylvania)
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed then chopped finely (small cloves)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, trimmed & finely chopped
  • 1 vine-ripened red tomato, deseeded & chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ lemon, juice squeezed into pasta
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 4 T butter
  • 2-3 T shredded Parmesan cheese blend
  • S&P to taste
What to do:
  1. In large pot on stove, liberally salt several cups of water (enough to cover pasta for boiling), use kosher salt if possible.)
  2. Boil egg noodles till tender, about 9 minutes, drain in colander, and rinse with hot water, and let drain.
  3. Peel garlic and smash cloves with flat blade of Chefs knife to release their enzymes, and chop smashed cloves finely, letting them sit for several minutes for maximum benefit!
  4. Return emptied pasta pot to low heat on stove, and add 1 tsp of the EVOO & garlic to sauté on low for 1 min, avoid browning.
  5. Add butter, pasta & combine coating well on low heat.
  6. To the pot add lemon zest, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, S&P, chopped spinach & tomato, stirring well.
  7. Add lid to pot and let pasta heat on very low to allow spinach to wilt down (will only take a few seconds since it was chopped thinly).
  8. Add basil, season with more S&P to taste, and serve immediately.
  9. *Serve with wedge of lemon to squeeze on top of pasta as desired.
Notes:
This one is super simple and contains specific ingredients that help fortify your immune system! It is purposefully mild to be easier on the stomach when you're feeling ill, but if you want to pep it up, you can add in some more spice! Any pasta choice will work well, but I like the texture of the egg noodles. Add more or spinach or cheese to your preference! Enjoy.
Serving size: see how you feel:)
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2012/10/garlic-pasta-with-spinach-tomato-basil/