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Spinach and Garlic Spaghetti with Pecorino

Spinach and Garlic Spaghetti with Pecorino

Sometimes I wonder what you guys think of me.

This chick must live on sugar. She must eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

And sure, I may have posted desserts for the last 42 days straight.

Sorry about that (but you know you liked it).

Here, have some spinach.

Spinach and Garlic Spaghetti with Pecorino

This is a typical weeknight meal for us. Mix a carb/pasta/grain with some sort of vegetation and call it dinner. I have to say I think Taylor nailed this one, the salty pecorino and spicy red pepper flakes the perfect compliment to the lightly sauteed spinach that practically melts in your mouth.

Yes, I did just describe spinach as melt-in-your-mouth.

What’s gotten in to me?

But seriously folks, it’s that good. And the fact that it is so simple makes it even better. You could use whole wheat pasta too if you were so inclined, but, well, that’s just pushing it for me. I mean, spinach! Popeye would love me right now. And not just because my name is Olive Oil (clearly it was meant to be).

Spinach and Garlic Spaghetti with Pecorino


1 pound spaghetti
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
6 ounces fresh baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, grated


Prepare pasta according to package directions; strain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

Heat oil in a large saute pan set over medium heat; add garlic, red pepper flakes, and Italian herbs and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach, and toss until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add pasta to pan with spinach mixture and toss to coat, adding reserved cooking liquid 1/4 cup at a time as needed. Transfer to serving plates; top generously with Pecorino cheese and serve.

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  1. Rating: 5

    Just made this for lunch with whole wheat rotini, and it was yummy! Thank you

  2. Delicious! And I’m eating some while righting that! I’m fifteen, I love cooking and this is simple enough for me!

  3. Love the simplicity of this.

  4. Fantastico libro de cocina, espero que saques mas

    lo compraré

  5. perfect – just what i’m in the mood for!

  6. congrats on the new book!

  7. Was the Pecorino from Pienza by any chance?

  8. I know what is for dinner tonight!

  9. So simple, yet delicious!

  10. Our favorite pasta dishes are always the simplest. This pasta would totally be a hit at my house.

  11. I am going to make this for Kurt this weekend as trying to get the caveman to eat vegetarian a couple nights a week. Thinking of you guys!
    :) The Step-momster in law

  12. I’m into this meal! I really love spinach, and I have a total weakness for pasta.

  13. When I’m working with spinach I always squeeze a little lemon juice into my recipe – it really brings out the spinach’s flavor and adds the perfect hint of tang, esp for a pasta dish!

  14. This looks delicious! I am loving new pasta dishes now that it is winter. Can’t wait to try this out.

  15. Well,spinach *is* melt-in-your-mouth, so…yeah. :) This pasta looks great!

  16. My Husband would say: Pasta = Carbs= Sugar = Dessert.
    I don’t mind your dessert recipes at all and LOVE pasta any day of the week. This looks to me like a fast and delicious weeknight dinner.

  17. I love pasta like this. This is so going on next weeks menu.

  18. This is fantastic! Melt in your mouth spinach? I’m in.

  19. I laughed out loud when you said “Here have some spinach”. Glad there was no one about. This is just the type of pasta I love.

  20. Yeah I’m pretty much in lust with this.

  21. This looks delicious!

  22. The first photo needs to be on the cover of a magazine! Stunning, Lindsay!

  23. I love nice little simple meals like this :)

  24. This looks unreal! Great weeknight idea!

  25. Simple and fresh. Love this.

  26. This dish looks great! I made an Ina dish with pecorino and it was good but this looks even better. YUM!

  27. So simple, yet so satisfying – and, yes – Popeye would be proud :)

  28. I wouldn’t have minded if you posted dessert 43 straight days in a row :) BUT I have to admit, this pasta does look amazing, and simple. I could work this into my weekly routine at college for sure.

  29. Ah, I’m with you here on the dessert thing. I just find it so much more photogenic and enticing. And savoury is just harder to make look apetizing on a picture (OK, I’m also a sweet tooth I admit!). Having said that, I do like to glean savoury dishes from blogs from time to time and this pasta dish just looks too good and easy to miss!

  30. WOW I’m going to add that to my recipe book! It sounds like the perfect meal to me!

  31. This looks so simple and good! A nice, lighter supper for after a weekend of dissipation in the food department (or in preparation for that event), eh? Lovely, enticing photos, BTW. :)

  32. This is such a lovely yet simple dish. I feel like spinach and garlic are the best combo in cooking right now.

  33. looks awesome

  34. So pretty! Going on our menu!! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Mmm, that looks great. (Not that I might 42 days of dessert…)

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