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Easy Pasta with Spinach Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese Recipe

by Jeanette on July 9, 2014 · 22 Comments
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This Pasta with Spinach Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese takes just 20 minutes to prepare, and makes a great all in one dish, packed with spinach.
Spinach Tomato Parmesan Pasta © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I’ve been feeling really lazy this summer…after all, I think we moms need a break too, right? Well, I’m not sure about you, but moms seem to rarely get a break, no matter what time of year it is. Even when we go on vacation, it seems the laundry follows us as does the responsibility of feeding our family. That is, unless you’re lucky enough to stay in a hotel with restaurants nearby. My husband loves to stay in a condo or house instead of a hotel because it’s more spacious for our family and feels more like home. The concept is great, except everyone still wants me to cook. I generally have a rule that we must go out to eat at least a few nights a week so I get a break.

Spinach Tomato Parmesan Pasta © Jeanette's Healthy Living

So, to give myself a self-imposed break, I’ve been making pasta a lot lately. Usually, I have no idea what I’m going to make while I set a big pot of water to boil on the stove. By the time the pasta hits the water, I’ve scoured the refrigerator and pantry to see what I can throw together. This pasta dish is one of those recipes that I made when dinner was running late and I was too lazy to make a separate vegetable dish.

Spinach Tomato Parmesan Pasta © Jeanette's Healthy Living

It’s so easy that even if you’re in the laziest of moods and don’t feel like cooking, I know you can make this ;).

Pasta with Spinach Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound dried gluten-free pasta
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces baby spinach
  • 2-3 tomatoes, depending on the size
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, warm olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant; add spinach and tomatoes and cook until spinach just wilts, about 2-3 minutes. Add cooked pasta and toss. Add Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and toss well, adding pasta cooking water as needed to loosen up pasta.
Adapted from Giada De Laurentils
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  1. Pasta is the best for an instant clean-out-the-fridge meal! Plus, everyone loves pasta, so win/win. Love these fresh mix-ins! Some veggies and a sprinkling of parm are all you really need!

  2. I’ve been feeling lazy lately too and pasta is perfect for those days I don’t feel like cooking :) This one looks terrific! I love all the spinach and cheese in here!

  3. This looks like a great weeknight meal!

  4. What a great pasta dish! Especially love all that fresh spinach and tomatoes, it’s perfect for harvest time right about now!

  5. How many tomatoes go into this dish? The tomato ingredient was inadvertently left out, and the dish looks and sounds delicious.

  6. Pasta is the perfect lazy dish. It always tastes like you spent more time cooking than you actually did. Haha! And there’s something so special about simple pasta dishes like this. Love it.

  7. Where do the tomatoes come in?

  8. Hi, u didn’t post what kind or howuch tomatoes to use

  9. What is the quantity of tomatoes? It appears to be missing. :)

  10. I think you forgot the tomatoes in the ingredient list… What are you using?

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Denise – I used 2 medium size tomatoes, but that’s only because that’s what I had on hand. You can use more if you like or cherry tomatoes that have been halved. The idea is to get some tomato juiciness into the sauce.

  11. The recipe sounds great and I would like to try it. You don’t say what type of tomatoes you use or the quantity to use. Thanks.

  12. A wonderful meal, Jeanette. When I am too lazy or tired of cooking, then pasta is always the solution.

  13. Hahaha! That’s the exact reason why I dislike the idea of renting a condo while it “sounds” good. I know people expect me to cook and I feel like I won’t be able to take a break (especially I want to do it in my way and end up with cleaning the kitchen like my own!). Even now… I’m back at home (in Japan) but I don’t feel like this is a vacation as my kids are with me 24/7 and so much to do (inc cooking and laundry and all). I’m with you on easy pasta meal! This looks delicious!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Funny how that works right? It’s hard for moms to take a vacation unless they stay at a hotel and even then, you have to do the laundry when you get home ;).

  14. Simple deliciousness! Loves easy rcipes like this, and I hear ya’ about feeling lazy in the summer :-). My oven door is still brown, so using that as an excuse to not cook much. Need to re-stock my spinach supply so I can make this!

  15. Love this pasta recipe!! xx

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