Dinner

Cheesy Spinach Pasta

I grew up in a Yankees house. My dad and brother watched all of the games, and even had a friendly rivalry going with some of our Mets fan relatives. My sports relationship has always been kind of like my cooking relationship. If it’s on, I’ll watch – but I won’t participate.

Fast forward to 2021 and I’m a full fledged Phoenix Suns fan, enthusiastically watching every game and rooting for the players by name. Before you accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon of a winning team, let me give you some background. Steven Michael has always been a Suns fan. In fact, every single picture that I’ve ever seen of him as a teenager has him clad in one or more pieces of Suns clothing. So I guess I did jump on a bandwagon of sorts, but when I jumped on, they were losing – bad. As I’ve explained to Steven over the course of this year, clearly my tuning in changed the tides and I am the sole source of luck for the Phoenix Suns. You’re welcome.

Ellis has also caught the basketball bug. He’s taking lessons every weekend, and loves nothing more than going to the park to play S-H-O-T with Mom and Dad. Last weekend, we got a free broken hoop from a neighbor, and after we fixed it up he was finally able to play on it today! I see many hours of driveway hoops in our future.

It’s totally going in …

We have found ourselves in need of a quick meal a few times this summer. With work, our rehearsal/practice schedules and Ellis’ activities, there are times when we just need something fast and satisfying. This Cheesy Spinach Pasta is tasty AND fast. Winner!

What’s your team? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheesy Spinach Pasta - A quick dinner when you need something fast!

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

Spinach
 3 tbsp Olive Oil
 3 oz Baby Spinach
 4 Cloves of Garlic
 Salt & Pepper
Misc.
 ½ lb Spaghetti
 Water
 ¼ cup Olive Oil
 1 Lemon
 ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
 ½ cup Shredded Romano Cheese
 Pepper

1

Put a pot of water on to boil.

Spinach
2

Put a pan on medium heat. Add olive oil when the pan is hot.

3

Add spinach and sauté. When fully wilted, add garlic (minced), and mix in. Take the pan off of the heat and set it aside.

Misc
4

When water boils, cook the pasta (al dente) as directed on package. Drain when cooked.

5

Pour a small amount of the olive oil into the now empty pasta pot (while the pasta is in the strainer).

6

Dump the pasta back in, pour the remaining olive oil on top and mix around.

7

Add all of the Parmesan and a 1/4 cup of the Romano cheese and toss the pasta in the cheese.

8

Add spinach mixture and toss again.

9

Microplane about a tsp of lemon zest over the top. Then give a squeeze of lemon juice and toss the pasta again.

10

Serve in bowls and use the remaining Romano cheese on top.

Ingredients

Spinach
 3 tbsp Olive Oil
 3 oz Baby Spinach
 4 Cloves of Garlic
 Salt & Pepper
Misc.
 ½ lb Spaghetti
 Water
 ¼ cup Olive Oil
 1 Lemon
 ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
 ½ cup Shredded Romano Cheese
 Pepper

Directions

1

Put a pot of water on to boil.

Spinach
2

Put a pan on medium heat. Add olive oil when the pan is hot.

3

Add spinach and sauté. When fully wilted, add garlic (minced), and mix in. Take the pan off of the heat and set it aside.

Misc
4

When water boils, cook the pasta (al dente) as directed on package. Drain when cooked.

5

Pour a small amount of the olive oil into the now empty pasta pot (while the pasta is in the strainer).

6

Dump the pasta back in, pour the remaining olive oil on top and mix around.

7

Add all of the Parmesan and a 1/4 cup of the Romano cheese and toss the pasta in the cheese.

8

Add spinach mixture and toss again.

9

Microplane about a tsp of lemon zest over the top. Then give a squeeze of lemon juice and toss the pasta again.

10

Serve in bowls and use the remaining Romano cheese on top.

Cheesy Spinach Pasta

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