Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spinach Pasta.

(Out of the hundreds of different types of Pasta , its upto your imagination and taste buds to serve a hearty delicious Italian meal. You cannot miss the chance to use the variety of ingredients to make a sauce of your choice and pleas crowds.)
Ingredients :
1 cup spinach , 2 tbspn extra virgin olive oil - EVOO ( or butter , or vegetable oil) ,
1 tbspn finely chopped garlic , 1/4th Cup finely chopped onion ,
1/4th cup Corn nibblets ,
Salt to taste , Black pepper , 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese , red chilly flakes,
1.5 cup pasta .
Procedure :
Heat approx 3/4th Gallon water in a big pot. Drop the pasta in the water . This is the only time you get to season the pasta . Add salt to taste. Adding oil to the pasta may not let the seasoning do its work. Its important to stir the pasta for the first few minutes as it looses the starch and tend to stick to eachother if not stirred. You may use pasta of your choice. Another option is to use an assortment of pasta to add interest (twirls , penne , fetuccini , shell etc.) Let the pasta boil till it turns white in color for approximately 15 minutes.
Blanch the spinach in hot water . Grind it well to make fine puree. Remember you will not get the fresh green color if spinach is overheated.
Heat EVOO in a pan and saute garlic and onion and corn nibblets till they loose its raw taste. Add the spinach puree , salt to taste and cheese . Heat it on a low flame just till the cheese melts.
Its now time marry the pasta with the sauce. Mix well and turn off the heat. Garnish the pasta with grated parmsan cheese and chilly flakes. Serve it hot with a cob of boiled corn or baked vegetables.


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