This is just a quick post to give you a quick n easy ‘recipe’ if you’re in the mood for something new to put on your pasta. It’s very flexible on the ingredients, too. As a bonus, the version I made tonight used up some leftover hot Italian sausage- and I love being able to give the leftovers new life!
What you’ll need:
a large frying pan
water (just enough to completely cover the bottom of the pan, plus an extra splash- maybe 1/4 cup total)
a pound or so of frozen spinach
a few chopped up garlic scapes (aka green garlic), if you have them
OR 1 clove of garlic, chopped fine or minced
2 tablespoons or so of balsamic vinegar
leftover sausage, chicken, bacon or pork, at least 1/2 cup OR 1/4 c toasted pignolis (aka pine nuts)
2-3 Tablespoons butter
Optional add-ins: Roasted red peppers, chopped up sun-dried tomatoes, chopped onion, basil
Put the water in the pan and turn on the heat to medium. Add the spinach, cover and let it cook for 5 minutes or so.
Chop up your scapes and add them (or the chopped/minced garlic) to the spinach.Give it a stir, breaking up any frozen chunks of spinach. Replace the cover and let it cook another 2-3 minutes.
Add everything else, except the butter. Turn up the heat to high and cook uncovered for another 3 minutes or so, stirring often.
Once the meat is heated through and the liquid has cooked off a bit, turn the heat down to medium and add the butter, stirring well while it melts.
Serve over hot pasta.
Sorry there are no photos for this… it’s really not all that pretty, but it sure is tasty!