Cookbook:Pecan Spinach Pasta
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- 500 grams pasta (ideally penne)
- 3 generous tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 onion, sliced (ideally, a red onion)
- 3/4 cup pecan halves
- 1 pack of frozen spinach, or, better, a moderate amount of fresh spinach. If frozen spinach is used, consider steaming it quickly before using it in this recipe.
- Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- Salt to taste
- Optional: feta or feta substitute
- Boil the pasta. Bring a pan of water to a boil and once it has a good rolling boil, put in the pasta. Start checking it about 2 minutes before the amount of time specified on the package by tasting a piece. A commonly held ideal for pasta is that it should be "al dente", which means a tiny, tiny bit undercooked, rather than soft and mushy; it does not mean raw. Drain the pasta once it's done.)
- Simultaneously, make the sauce.
- In a cold skillet, combine the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Put them on medium heat.
- After a brief amount of time, add the onion slices.
- Once the onion is slightly browned, add the pecan halves and sauté them for two minutes.
- Add the spinach.
- Once the spinach is done, add salt.
- The original recipe contained 1 cup of feta. I've never tried it that way, but if you're adventurous, you could consider adding a feta substitute; if you do, mix it in at the end.
- Put the sauce on the drained pasta and serve.
This recipe can be a stand-alone meal; it's also good cold as a leftover. It sometimes turns out a bit dry.