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Cherry Tomato, Basil, Spinach and Parmesan Pasta

An easy and delicious meatless weeknight meal that comes together in little time with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, parmesan, and pasta.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword easy pasta dish dinner, spicy pasta recipe, vegetarian pasta recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 167 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces dried spaghetti or pasta noodles of your choice (I used gluten free pasta)
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch basil leaves about 10 to 12 leaves; roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves very thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 red chili pepper deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • extra virgin olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and reserve 3/4 cups of pasta water.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic, and gently saute for about a minute or two, until the garlic is just beginning to color (being careful to not let burn). Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt and black pepper. Cook tomatoes for about 3-4 minutes until juices start to burst. Add the chopped chili pepper and cook for another minute or two until slightly softened.
  4. Add the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water little by little until pasta is well coated. and consistency is reached (I used a little more than 1/2 a cup). Allow to simmer for about a minute then add the red chili pepper flakes, chopped spinach, basil and Parmesan cheese. Turn heat to low and gently toss to coat evenly. Add more pasta water if needed. Remove from heat.
  5. Season more to taste if desired and serve with extra grated Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Tomato, Basil, Spinach and Parmesan Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/4 recipe))
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 415mg17%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 2255IU45%
Vitamin C 47.2mg57%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.