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!
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).