Friday, 14 November 2008

Spinach and Chilli Pasta

This is a recipe that I just knocked up from a few ingredients we had in the cupboards today. It was quite tasty and ready in about 15 minutes, which is pretty good at the end of a long day at work.

First of all, take some fancy pasta - something like this spinach and ricotta one would be perfect. Cook it as per the pack instructions. It will probably require some sort of hot salty water in which you will immerse the pasta for a certain length of time. But still, best to check before you start.

Next up, take a couple of briquettes of frozen spinach and place them in a bowl (not bowel which is something completely different).

Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, until defrosted - don't cook it too much else it will be all soggy and mushy.
Now heat some olive oil in a frying pan, and fry 2 cloves of garlic and 1 chilli (chopped finely) for about 30 seconds, before adding the spinach. A handful of pinenuts went into the pan at this point as well.

Mix it around well and stir fry for about a minute.

Now you need a small pot of natural yoghurt, for example something like this:

Remove the frying pan from the heat, and add the pot of yoghurt. The heat from the pan will warm the yoghurt through, but you don't want it too hot.

About now, the pasta should be ready. Drain off the water and mix with the sauce.

Serve immediately, topped with lots of black pepper and plenty of grated parmesan.

Not the most appetising looking of meals, but it was certainly very tasty.

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