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Monday, 12 December 2011

Spinach and Ricotta Spaghetti

If you love pasta and spaghetti, you need to give this recipe a try.  It's quick, easy and good for you with the spinach and garlic.  The nuts and raisins give this dish a whole different dimension and the pesto adds a little kick.  The creamy ricotta cheese just pulls all the flavours together.  Best of all is that this meal doesn't make you feel bloated like spaghetti bolognese.

150g Wholemeal pasta
140g Fresh spinach
125g Ricotta cheese
2 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced
20g pine nuts
20g raisins
2 Tbs of Pesto from a jar (or home made)
1 Tbs Olive Oil
Tbs Butter

1. Boil the pasta according to the packet's recommendations
2. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat
3. Add the garlic and pine nuts and heat for a minute
4. Add the raisins to the garlic and nuts
5. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts (turning a few times in the pan)
6. Take the spinach mixture off the heat
7. Drain the pasta when al dente
8. Pour the pasta back into the saucepan
9. Add the butter and stir
10. Add the pesto and stir
11. Add the spinach mixture and stir
12. Pour the pasta and spinach mixture onto two plates
13. Crumble the ricotta over the pasta and spinach mixture.

Serves 2

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