Rotini with Spinach & Asiago Cheese… {maryland photographer}

January 27, 2011

I love to cook, and I especially love easy, fast tasty food.  The following recipe is one of our family favorites.  We eat this once a month, if not every three weeks.   I’ve made it so many times, I don’t need the recipe anymore. Enjoy!  I know you will!

andrea burns photography | maryland photographer

Rotini with Spinach & Asiago Cheese

1 pound rotini pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
2-4 TBS minced garlic
1 (9-ounce) bag fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup (about 3 1/2-ounces) grated Asiago
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook until the spinach wilts, about 2 more minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss. Add the cheeses, salt, pepper, and the pasta cooking liquid and stir to combine. Transfer the pasta to a serving plate and serve.

We serve this with cheesy garlic bread, and call it dinner. A couple times though I have served it with italian-fried chicken (Dredge chicken tenderloins in flour, then coat in beaten egg, then dredge again in Italian Bread Crumbs. Fry in Olive Oil in Med-High Heat until done).

Jhari posted the following on January 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm.

Wow! Look so delicious!

Angyla posted the following on January 28, 2011 at 8:30 am.

Thanks for sharing!

Ava posted the following on January 29, 2011 at 9:01 am.


Sussell posted the following on February 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm.

Just wanted to let you know I made your Rotini recipe yesterday and we all loved it. TFS!

Lindsay Banner posted the following on February 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm.

This looks delicious Andrea!! :) Can’t wait to try it!!

cayce posted the following on February 17, 2011 at 9:40 am.

sounds delish! making it tonight :)

Tegan posted the following on March 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm.

Thanks for sharing this Andrea!!! I tried it and it turned out sooo good! Definitely a favorite of ours now!

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