Lazy pasta needs no introduction, it’s the staple of quick weeknight meals. Using only one pot and requiring only one ingredient to be chopped. If you eat it out of the pan, you don’t even need to wash a plate (I definitely don’t eat out of the pan *cough*). What more can you ask for on a busy day?
Well, I’d also ask for a single serving sized tub of chocolate mousse. Oh but yes.
This pasta is like the comforting old house slippers of the pasta world – easy, quick, warm, and makes you feel happy. I don’t think I’d want stilettos for dinner every night, but that’s another story.
No shoes were harmed in the making of this dish.
Spinach and Cheese Pasta
A riff on this pasta, but slightly less sophisticated and more spicy. And based on what I had in the cupboard/freezer. Takes all of about 15 minutes to come together.
5 cloves garlic
A generous handful of spinach, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup grated cheese – I used cheddar is fine, if you use something stronger you can use a less. It’s really up to you.
2 teasp chilli powder – I probably used more than this
1/2 teasp basil
A pinch of salt
Pasta for one – I used macaroni
- Cook the pasta, set aside. Drain but let the pasta stay a bit wet – this helps the sauce come together later.
- Chop the garlic, and cook over medium heat in a little oil with a pinch of salt. After the garlic starts to brown, add the chilli powder and basil, and stir.
- Dump in the spinach (mine was still frozen and it defrosted in the pan). Stir until it warms up and wilts.
- Pour in the pasta and the grated cheese, stir until the cheese is melted and everything is nicely mixed together.