Hello, I recently got a Weight Watchers cookbook and suddenly...I want to cook. I'm a single working mom and have been for 17 years now. My three children have menu's memorized at every fast food establishment in the Bernalillo county area. My parents divorced when I was 13 and I really didn't get much culinary preparation growing up. On February 19th I started Weight Watchers on my own armed with a points slider and points finder donated by a friend. I have lost 8.5 pounds since that day. I am having so much fun that I decided to start a blog in much the same fashion as Julia did on the movie "Julie & Julia". I wont be updating daily just every time I try a new dish. Today I got one off of "YouTube" entitled Easy Vegetarian Pasta submitted by lechantn0ir. I know there is a section for submitting recipes, however, this blog is just going to document my experience. Tip: when in doubt about a cooking method, check out YouTube, someone somewhere in this world has probably posted it. In this particular recipe I had no idea how the best pasta salads out there were prepared...now I know the secret. Cook the olive oil with the spices 1st and wilt the vegetables before adding the cook pasta.
Easy Vegetarian Pasta Ingredients:
1 pound of fusilli pasta (I used Rotini)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove minced (I used both powder and fresh)
1 (9 ounce) bag of fresh spinach, roughly chopped
8 ounces (1/2) pint cherry tomatoes halved(I used grape)
1 cup grated Asiago (the best cheese in the world)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 tsp salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions from lechantn0ir:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook until the spinach wilts, about 2 more minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss. Add the cheeses, salt, pepper, and the pasta cooking liquid and stir to combine.
Transfer the pasta to a serving plate and serve.