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Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipe: Spinach and Pine Nut Pasta

Spinach is one of my favorite green leafy vegetables – I can add a bag of spinach, raw or cooked, to any dish and I know I will love it! This includes wraps, sandwiches, pasta, quesadillas, etc. Sometimes, it is just spinach sautéed with Indian spices – yum!

For this blog, I want to share my favorite pasta recipe with spinach. It’s super simple and tastes delicious. For some reason, the combination of spinach with mushrooms and pine nuts makes my taste buds really happy.

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Spinach and Pine Nut Pasta

Ingredients:

100% whole wheat pasta, ½ of 16 oz. box

Fresh spinach, ½ lbs

Baby mushrooms, 1 box

Red pepper, 1 (diced)

Carrots, 2-3 (diced)

Pine nuts, ¼ cup

Olive oil, ¼ cup

Minced garlic, ½ tsp

Fresh parmesan cheese, ½ cup (grated)

Salt to taste

Crushed red pepper flakes to taste

 

Directions:

1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Keep aside.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and pine nuts and sauté until light brown.

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3. Add spinach, mushrooms, red pepper, and carrots. Sauté for few minutes until cooked to desired softness.

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4. Add the pasta and salt. Mix well.

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5. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes as desired.

 

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