After the long, horrendous winter we had here in the Northeast I am ready for all things Spring. I’m loving open toe shoes, flip flops, dresses, and being outside. And I’m also loving spring produce. Honestly, I am not a lover of fall vegetables and I really try to shop local and cook in season when I can. Here’s a great reference for what’s in season right now
The farmers markets look gorgeous right now! And Last week we finally started getting greens and spring veggies in our CSA package. But, this has been one of those crazy weeks and I have barely cooked. With school functions Monday and Wednesday night, and two business functions left to go this week, there hasn’t been much time. So. what’s the best thing to utilize whatever fresh produce you have on hand quickly and easily-Pasta! Here’s what I came up with tonight to use it all up before it went bad. Oh, and I added some white beans for protein
1 bunch Spring Onions (AKA Scallions), sliced thin
4 cloves Garlic, Sliced thin
1 large bunch Fresh Spinach, chopped
1 Pint Grape Tomatoes, halved
1 Can White Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Pound pasta of choice
**I used the Organic Brown Rice Fusilli Pasta from Trader Joe’s because that is what I had on hand and we love this healthier pasta option. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional pasta, check out some of these options
Set a large pot of water to boil. In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Add scallions and saute until soft and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add spinach, the other tablespoon of olive oil , sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook until spinach melts. Add beans to pan.
When the water boils, add some salt to the water and add pasta. Cook 1 minute less than package directions (the pasta will continue cooking in the pan and you don’t want it to be overcooked).
Drain pasta. reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Add pasta to pan, toss all ingredients together and cook for another 2-3 minutes for all flavors to combine. Add the pasta water, a little at a time, to create more of the sauce. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Add tomatoes to bowl and toss all together. Top with Parmesan cheese if you like.
Oh, almost forgot to mention it went great with this rosé!