Pasta with Spinach Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese takes just 20 minutes to prepare, and makes a great all in one dish, packed with spinach. This vegetarian-friendly meal is sure to please.
Moms need a break from cooking once in a while. Like most moms, I rarely seem to 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.
This Pasta with Spinach Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese dish is easy, delicious and healthy, and is the perfect solution for days when you need to feed your family without the fuss.
I used to work with an Italian gal who made some sort of pasta dish almost every night for her family. I only grew up eating spaghetti with tomato sauce, so discovering so many new ways to enjoy pasta was enlightening.
Making a pasta dish in my kitchen is kind of like making fried rice. I scoure my refrigerator and pantry to see what I can throw into the pasta dish. 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.
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
- 1 pound dried gluten-free pasta
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 12 ounces baby spinach
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 1 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
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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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!
Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says
I couldn’t agree more Joanne – you can never go wrong with pasta and there are so many possibilities!
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!
Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says
I do think the heat makes me feel lazier than usual, so simple recipes have been my motto the last couple of weeks 😉
Christine at Cook the Story says
This looks like a great weeknight meal!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
What a great pasta dish! Especially love all that fresh spinach and tomatoes, it’s perfect for harvest time right about now!
Tina B says
How many tomatoes go into this dish? The tomato ingredient was inadvertently left out, and the dish looks and sounds delicious.
I’ve added two tomatoes to the recipe – sorry about that.
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.
Where do the tomatoes come in?
Hi, u didn’t post what kind or howuch tomatoes to use
What is the quantity of tomatoes? It appears to be missing. 🙂
I think you forgot the tomatoes in the ingredient list… What are you using?
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.
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.
Sandy – I used 2 medium tomatoes, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
A wonderful meal, Jeanette. When I am too lazy or tired of cooking, then pasta is always the solution.
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
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!
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 ;).
EA-The Spicy RD says
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!
Marla Meridith says
Love this pasta recipe!! xx
Thank you Marla 🙂
Do you have any info on the recommended serving size?
Danielle – I made this for my hungry growing boys, so this recipe made enough for 4-5 people; however, for a more typical eater, I’d say this recipe could serve 6-7.
Tanya Stevens says
What about some sundried tomatoes? My Kroger has a “bar” with sundried tomatoes, fresh cheese, etc. I could make this and it would last me 3 lunches.
Sundried tomatoes would be delicious in this pasta – great idea Tanya!