Recipe By: Mark Bittman, The New York Times;
Serving Size: 3; Preparation Time: 0:25
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper -- or to taste
- 15 calamata olives -- pitted & chopped
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound pasta -- like linguine
- 1 pound spinach -- washed, tough stems removed, roughly chopped
- salt -- to taste
- freshly ground pepper -- to taste
Prelim: The greens are cooked with the pasta in this dish.
Allow at least a gallon of water to a pound of pasta, because you
need a large pot to accommodate the greens and because, if there
is too little water, the addition of the greens will slow the cooking
Add tender greens like spinach when the pasta is about done.
The added cooking time will be only 30 seconds or so.
Add tough greens, like kale or collards - or vegetables like broccoli
florets - a minute or two before the pasta seems finished, so that
the greens have enough time to become tender.
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and salt it.
Meanwhile, mince the garlic as finely as possible and combine
it in the bottom of a warm bowl with the red pepper flakes, olives
and olive oil.
2. Place the pasta in the pot, and cook until it is nearly done
(test it for doneness by tasting).
Plunge the spinach into the water, and cook until it wilts, less
than a minute.
Drain quickly, allowing some water to cling to the pasta, and
toss pasta and spinach in the bowl with salt and pepper and serve.
1. Toss the pasta with freshly grated Parmesan or pecorino Romano
cheese to taste.
2. In addition to or instead of the olives, use chopped sun-dried
tomatoes in oil (about a quarter cup), drained capers (about 2
tablespoons), or toasted bread crumbs (about a half cup).
3. Use other greens, as long as they will cook quickly. Try chopped
leaves of kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip or mustard greens,
or bite-size florets of broccoli.
4. Use Asian noodles, and substitute a quarter cup peanut oil
plus one tablespoon sesame oil for the olive oil. Add soy sauce
to the hot pepper and garlic, omit the olives, and add a few lightly
toasted sesame seeds.