Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sauteed Spinach and Garlic With Gluten Free Pasta

Fresh spinach greens wilted in sauteed garlic and olive oil is always a winner in my house! Mixed some tasty gluten free pasta ( I use the organic brown rice noodles from Trader Joe's @ $1.99 / bag) you have a delicious, but easy vegan and gluten free main dish. ( For additional protein , you could add some toasted pine nuts). Recipe and details follow.

I had a very large container of fresh spinach in the refrigerator that I didn't know what to do with it. My cousin Harriet who was visiting me for a week from the Ft. Myers, Florida area said, " I'll saute your spinach in garlic and olive oil for you" . I thought we would eat it as a side dish, but once I saw the finished product , I knew it would be a hit over some brown rice gluten free pasta. Voila! this dish was born.

Since the spinach will cook down significantly, you need to buy a super sized quantity, which you can get at a store like BJ's or Costco. I bought organic baby spinach at BJ's. The package of spinach looks huge, but will cook down to about 2 cups of spinach.

Organic brown rice pasta Trader Joe's brand  ( $1.99/bag) and really good
Option: In addition, after cooking and draining the pasta,  if you add a few pats of real butter to a frying pan and heat up a portion of cooked pasta and spinach mixture , it is amazing!! ( but fattening) .
If you don't eat pasta, spaghetti squash can be substituted!

No matter which way you prepare it, this is a simple but delicious recipe.

Extra large family sized container of fresh spinach 
8 cloves of garlic (or more), peeled and sliced
1 package of gluten free pasta, cooked and drained
olive oil spray and 1 Tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste 

Wash and pat dry spinach, set aside
Peel and slice garlic and saute in oil slowly over low to medium heat in a large skillet. Saute for about 3 minutes and then top with the spinach and allow spinach to wilt. (cover) about 2-3 minutes. Stir down and mix and set aside.
Toss it over cooked pasta ( or spaghetti squash) and serve.

                                 Click here to learn how to   Peel the whole head of garlic very quickly

 You also may want to chop up your spinach  with a knife
if it is stringy.( especially for kids) 

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  1. Many times, I think I should do more than saute spinach with oil and garlic; and yet, it's SO FABULOUS, why should I tinker with it??? Quick, easy, nutritious, flavorful ... sigh ... :)

  2. Ohhh, that looks so very good indeed! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration!

  3. I just purchased some spinach on sale at my local grocery store, but I wasn't sure what I would make with this. I just might try this!

    Thanks for linking up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

  4. Ooo that looks good! Spinach and garlic with olive oil is one of my favorite combos to go along with pasta. Thanks for sharing. I found you via Frugal Food Thursday :)


    1. Who doesn't like spinach and garlic with olive oil? It's so simple but so good. I'll be stopping over to check out our blog too.

  5. This is a winner ( well all of your recipes are) big yum for this one. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  6. Katherine,
    Thanks so much.. I appreciate your kind words!

  7. This is so yummy and even my 4.5 year old (Judee's grand-daughter!) loved Grandma Judee's spinach!!! Healthy too.

  8. Hi Judee,
    This recipe looks delicious, we would love it! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Looks soooo good!! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Day Wednesday! :)

  10. Yum! I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.


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