Orecchiette with Pancetta, Parmesan and Spinach

As much as I like to spend a leisurely afternoon cooking and take my time creating new dishes- more often than not, I am in a rush to get something ready for dinner. I try my best to make healthy meals with fresh and organic ingredients- even in a pinch. This is one of those meals. I got home tonight with no idea what I was going to have for dinner. I didn’t want anything too heavy, or that too long to make (I don’t like to eat too late) since I was home later than I’d planned.

I had these ingredients in my fridge just begging to be introduced. There are very few ingredients but the result is flavorful and balanced. This serves 2-4 depending on portion.


10 oz. of Whole Wheat Organic Orecchiette
3/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan
3 cloves of Garlic
5 oz. Organic Baby Spinach
6 oz. Pancetta (if you can’t get Pancetta you can substitute bacon)
Tablespoon Butter
Olive Oil

Place water on stove to boil (make sure to salt the water) and add pasta. Cook until al dente.

Cut the pancetta into small pieces and cook over medium heat until crispy and browned. Remove from heat, drain fat and set aside.

 In the same pan, add light layer of olive oil and briefly saute chopped garlic. Add spinach and cook until reduced.

For the Parmesan- I suggest at least 3/4 cup but you can adjust to taste. I like love Parmesan so I would suggest mixing most of the cheese into the pasta and leaving a bit to sprinkle on the top before serving/enjoying.

Drain water from pasta and return to pot. Add tablespoon (or so) of butter and mix well. Add in other ingredients, ending with the Parmesan.

****Just as a side note: This is the best pot for pasta. I use it for so many items that need to be drained. As silly as it sounds-cutting out the step of using a colander is a relief and although brief- a time saver. This pot is made by Bialetti.

http://www.bialettishop.com/CookwarePastaPots.htm  (I wish I had one of these great colors!!)


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