Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Spinach Rotini

Yum!! This is my favorite meal! My friends will be shocked to read that this was first made by Bill when we were dating. Yes, it is true. No matter what he now claims, he does know how to cook! He even had to adapt the recipe because the original had bacon in it. So now his secret is out!

I figured it was time to post a spinach recipe since in the very first post, we talk about how Kay loves spinach. To prove it, I tried to take a picture of her eating spinach. That ended up being harder than we thought! This was the best I could do.

I made it small so that her green tongue isn't quite so obvious (although I guess that is proof that she ate a lot of spinach)!

This recipe is a bit of a cheat for me because although I love it and Kay does love spinach, she prefers her spinach raw. So she is allowed to take just a little bit of the meal (she some how manages to get mostly just pasta) and then a handful of raw spinach to go with it.

Spinach Rotini

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped green chiles (I use canned)
1 red bell pepper, chopped in big pieces
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 - 5 cups chopped spinach
1/4 cup Bacos
1/2 pound rotini (or whatever shape you prefer)

Cook the pasta according to the box.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, chiles, red pepper, and garlic and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add half the Bacos and cook an additional 1 minute. Stir in the spinach and cook until it just starts to reduce, 1-2 minutes. Add ground pepper to taste. When the pasta is cooked, add it to the skillet along with the remainder of the Bacos.

Kay: I like it but I don't like the cooked spinach. I add raw spinach to mine. That's much better.

Mom (Dana): We love Bacos! If you aren't so fond of them and/or you eat meat, you can use actual bacon. The original recipe called for the vegetables to be cooked in the bacon fat. I would never suggest that but if that's your kind of thing, go for it!


Ms Mac said...

That looks excellent! I can't think of anything nicer than frying the veggies up in the bacon fat.....

Kay & Mom said...

I'm sure you aren't alone! I have a feeling Bill and Kay would like that, too!