Bowtie pasta with grape tomatoes and spinach

February 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

We love pasta, and we love cheese and fresh vegetables.  When Dave’s migraines appeared to be caused by wheat, we worried that we wouldn’t be able to enjoy pasta any longer.  However, it wasn’t long before we discovered some excellent gluten-free pastas (Target has the most economical gluten free pasta…who knew?).

Today, even though Dave’s neurologist has said he does not have Celiac or a wheat allergy, we still find ourselves cooking a lot of gluten-free recipes.  We like gluten-free because it tends to be lower in carbs (better for me), and it can be economical as well as delicious.  We have a pantry full of gluten free foods, and just because Dave has full clearance from his docs to eat gluten doesn’t mean that we necessarily do so.  Whenever we see healthy gluten-free foods on sale, we stock up.  Not only are they usually better for us than the full-gluten versions, but we find them to be tasty.

We recently enjoyed this pasta with vegetables, and it was delicious.  I hope you’ll make it “yours,” and subsitute your favorite vegetables and seasonings.

Bowtie pasta with grape tomatoes and spinach      

6 ounces dried bowtie pasta (regular or gluten free)

water, for cooking

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence

2 handfuls fresh spinach, washed

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook pasta in boiling water for 14 minutes, or according to package directions until al dente (firm to the bite).  Drain and set aside.

Pour olive oil into a large saute pan.  Add grape tomatoes, and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes are soft.  Stir in garlic, and saute for another 2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.  Add pepper flakes, Herbs de Provence, the pasta, and the spinach.  Cook over medium heat, stirring lightly until spinach is wilted.  Add parmesan, salt and pepper to taste, and serve.  Serves 3-4 as a side dish, or two as a main dish.

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