Thursday, May 30, 2013

Garlic and Basil Pasta Primavera

Are you in need of a new option for your pasta night? My family loves this beautiful version. A simple, nutritious pasta meal that is done by the time the pasta boils.
1 Box of whole grain pasta
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 red pepper- diced
1 small can of diced fire roasted tomatoes- drained
salt, pepper, parmesan cheese
2 cups of baby spinach
small amount of fresh or dried basil
Boil the pasta in a pot of heavily salted water. While the pasta boils, sautee the onion in a generous amount of coconut or olive oil. Cook on meduim heat to begin softening. Dice or grate the garlic into the onions and add the diced red pepper and tomatoes. Season liberally with salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and dried basil. (If using fresh basil, mince it and set aside until later.)  Sautee for 5 minutes. Reserve a cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta. Toss the pasta into the vegetable mixture, which is on medium to low heat. In small amounts, pour a bit of the pasta water until it creates a sauce.  Stir in the baby spinach and fresh basil, is using fresh. Toss to sautee for another minute to allow flavors to combine. Taste for seasoning adjustments.
Serve with additional parmesan cheese, salad and a big loaf of this crusty bread.