Friday, May 2, 2014
Garlic-Spinach-Tomato-Mushroom Spaghetti Delicious
If you have small children, you'll understand the needing to get food into tiny faces before a certain time, else you face the wrath of a major toddler HANGRY meltdown.
So, yesterday, by the time we got home, we were seriously behind schedule. I did not have a lot of time to throw something together for dinner, and judging from the behaviour I was facing, we were close to witching hour. Fortunately for me, yesterday was also the day we receive our weekly produce bin, so food was at hand!
I threw this together quickly, while distracting a toddler with crackers, and preventing her from breaking herself or the kitchen. It turned out to be pretty gosh darned delicious, so I'm sharing my dinner win with you.
To make my tasty, last minute, Garlic-Spinach-Tomato-Mushroom Spaghetti, you will need:
spaghetti or other long noodles
3-4 large white mushrooms, washed & sliced (I only used 2 yesterday, but more would have been better)
1/3 lb spinach, washed and roughly chopped (ie. a big bunch of spinach)
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese
Get the noodles started as per package directions. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is warm, add your garlic & mushrooms. Stir occasionally so the garlic doesn't burn. Let the toddler have a turn with the salad spinner full of just washed spinach while you do this so they let go of your knee.
When the mushrooms start to look a little bit cooked, throw in the spinach. It will wilt down by a lot, so don't worry if the pan looks ridiculously full. When the spinach has all wilted down, so that there is space in your pan again, add the pint of cherry tomatoes, and then salt & pepper to taste. Give everything another stir.
At about this point, your spaghetti will likely be done. Drain your noodles, reserving 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the pasta water and toss the lot into your frying pan. Toss everything together until it is all well mixed.
Serve with lots of grated parmesan.
I hope you enjoy!