Wednesday 25 January 2012

Farfalle with Garlic, Potatoes and Spinach

From Vegetarian Bible, Margaret Barca, Penguin Books, 2008.

For a quick and satisfying pasta meal you can’t go further than this one.

Potatoes are sliced and put into water, brought to the boil and cooked until just soft.

While this was cooking I fried some chilli and garlic in a pan until the garlic was just done.

Into a pan of boiling water I threw the pasta and let it cook. When it was ready it was drained but a little of the cooking water was saved. The pasta went back into the saucepan, together with the potatoes, the garlic and chilli, and the saved water. To this was added the spinach which was cooked until the spinach was wilted. It was then served with the usual grated parmesan on top.

I am usually surprised at how well potato goes with pasta. I always feel that they are too close and would not work, but they do, and work well. With the chillies and garlic as an added flavour boost this is a meal that is fast to prepare and flavoursome.

The Vegetarian Bible is such a handy book for finding simply explained vegetarian meals. Explanations are clear, precise and short—and they work.

Taste: ✔✔✔✔
Ease of cooking: ✔✔✔✔

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