Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lemon Spinach Pasta

This simple and quick meal is loaded with the healthy superfoods of spinach, olive oil, garlic and lemon. Even my children will eat their spinach when mixed with this tasty sauce.

1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
16 oz. whole wheat pasta (shells or penne)
1 lemon, zested then juiced
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
2 Tbl. toasted pine nuts
salt to taste
fresh grated romano or asiago cheese

Boil pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, mix lemon zest, juice, olive oil and garlic with a whisk. Drain pasta over thawed spinach to warm the spinach and return to pot. Mix pasta and spinach thoroughly. Add pine nuts and pour olive oil mixture over pasta.

Serve while still warm and top with a sprinkle of cheese.

To reheat leftovers, add a little more olive oil so it's not too dry.

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