The House Pasta evolved out of necessity one night. I was feeling semi-lazy, but did not want to succumb to take-out. It was developed over time and was inspired by a dish that I've had time and time again from our local neighbor joint. The ingredients for the House Pasta are typically on hand in my pantry and are usually thrown together on a whim when I am lacking in fresh produce or inspiration. I like to use a mix of both fresh and jarred products and always finish with freshly grated parm and a rough chop or tear of fresh herbs. I have been gravitating toward gluten-free pastas lately that are made with quinoa and brown rice. I like the added nutrient punch that they supply as well as the lack of "brick in the gut" feeling that can result from regular pasta.
The House Pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 Spanish onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 16 sundried tomatoes, rehydrated with hot water and roughly chopped
- 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 4 cups spinach
- 2 cups, quinoa/brown rice pasta
- 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
- Freshly grated parm
- Chili flakes
- Sliced black olives
- Torn basil or chopped parsley
Warm oil in a Dutch oven/large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, add garlic and sauté another minute. Meanwhile put a pot of water on for the pasta and cook pasta al dente. (Pasta will finish cooking in the Dutch oven).
To the onions and garlic, add sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Sauté for a few minutes. Add wine and let evaporate. Add the reserved pasta water, spinach, and pasta. Allow spinach to wilt slightly and serve with desired garnishes.
Artichokes: your multilayered-semi spiky-fiberlicious friend. Although tedious to get to the "heart" of the matter, artichokes offer a plethora of health benefits and contain a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Artichokes contain:
- Vitamin C
Naturally low in calories, the heart of the artichoke is the hidden prize. To avoid timely cutting and trimming, purchase frozen or jarred hearts. Be sure to buy sodium and preservative free to avoid any undesirables.
I hope my house pasta becomes yours as a quick, nutritious, and delicious guilt-free treat.