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Orecchiette with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, Spinach, and Parmesan

Orecchiette with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, Spinach, and Parmesan

by Pam on August 28, 2013

This is a very simple and healthy side dish. My daughter had a friend over for dinner who happens to be quite picky so I wanted to make something that she would be willing to try. I kept the pasta very simple and without any sauce. The sautéed veggies tasted great with the orecchiette that was seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. I served this pasta with the Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts[1]  and my House Salad[2] for a tasty and delicious meal even my daughter’s friend seemed to like. Yay!

Prepare the orecchiette in salted water per instructions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and chopped asparagus; cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan then add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the orecchiette along with the spinach, pine nuts, and some reserved liquid if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.



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Orecchiette with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, Spinach, and Parmesan




Yield: 6

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.



Ingredients:

1/2 lb orecchiette, cooked per instructions
2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1 cup of grape tomatoes
10 spears of asparagus, wooden ends removed, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes (more if desired)
1 cup of baby spinach
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Prepare the orecchiette in salted water per instructions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and chopped asparagus; cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan then add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the orecchiette along with the spinach, pine nuts, and some reserved liquid if needed. Season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss to coat evenly. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

 

 

References

  1. ^ Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ House Salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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Top 10 Favorite Skinny Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

I’m really not a complicated person, in fact for Mother’s Day, all I really want is
to relax at home with my kids and my husband (and maybe some breakfast in
bed or even just a cup of coffee).

But I like to give my
Mom the day off, so I usually host a very casual brunch with my parents
and family. Everyone brings something and it’s usually a fun, relaxed afternoon. If this sounds like something you do with your family, I though I would share some of my
favorite Skinny Brunch recipes.

For starters, I wouldn’t mind waking up to the smell of Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes[1] (hint hint if my husband is reading this) as pictured above. They are light and fluffy with chocolate chips in every bite.

When it comes to muffins, these Insanely Good Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins[2] are one of my favorites (and healthy too), made with antioxidant rich blueberries and good for your heart oatmeal.

I’m such a sucker for scones, especially when they involve chocolate like these Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones[3] which everyone loves, perfect with a cup of tea.

Baked oatmeal is usually my go-to breakfast for brunch because I can make it the day before, then heat it up. This Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas[4] is my favorite (it’s like dessert for breakfast)!

If you are feeding a crowd, I love making Bananas Fosters Overnight French Toast[5] (omyword!) because you do most of the work the night before….

This Applesauce Nut Bread[6] with cinnamon and spice is so moist and delicious, with small bits of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite and can also be made a day in advance.

For something a little more savory, I love this Swiss Chard Frittata[7] made with caramelized onions and dark leafy greens.

Or these Baked Eggs with Wilted Spinach[8]

Easy Crust-less Spinach Feta Pie[9] is also a favorite for brunch, I could eat this every day!

And for something a little sweeter, if you are looking for a dessert, I just love these Skinny Hummingbird Cupcakes…[10]

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

References

  1. ^ Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Insanely Good Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Bananas Fosters Overnight French Toast (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ Applesauce Nut Bread (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ Swiss Chard Frittata (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  8. ^ Baked Eggs with Wilted Spinach (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  9. ^ Easy Crust-less Spinach Feta Pie (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  10. ^ Skinny Hummingbird Cupcakes… (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)