This Recipe uses:
- Farfelle (or any short-cut pasta like penne, rotini, etc.)
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Fresh or baby spinach
- Garlic powder or flakes
- Soft cheese (mozzarella or burrata)
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Pinch of salt and pepper
If there is one dish that will remind you of the sunny skies of Provence and the Mediterranean riviera, it is this recipe filled with tart sun-dried tomatoes and gooey melted cheese.
It is an easy meal to prepare, with the pasta al denté combined with spinach for additional protein. Now I’ve used farfelle pasta in the recipe, but you can use anything from regular spaghetti to the exotic fusilli, or even rotini or penne.
Along with the sun-dried tomatoes, add the a soft cheese like mozzarella or burrata and let it just melt into the pasta and cover everything.
The recipe is great for an easy weeknight meal with leftovers for the next day, and also fits the bill for vegetarian night or meatless Mondays.
Frequently asked questions
What to serve with it?
You can also serve it with a simple salad, or this salmon tartare.
What drinks to serve with it?
Sun-dried tomatoes have a strong flavor, so I recommend pairing this spinach and sun-dried tomato pasta with light rosé such as one from Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.
Can you prepare it in advance?
Yes, this spinach and sun-dried tomato pasta with cheese can easily be prepared in advance, but I wouldn’t recommend keeping it more than 24 hours. The cheesy sauce will dry out, and it won’t taste as good as it would fresh.
I would recommend letting it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container to keep overnight.
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- 400g (0.9lb) of any type of short cut pasta (penne, farfelle, rotini, etc.)
- 1 cup of fresh spinach
- 10-12 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
- 8oz of mozzarella or burrata cheese (1 packet)
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- In a large pot on the stove, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
- Chop the spinach and the sun-dried tomatoes.
- Once the pasta has finished cooking, drain half the water from the pasta and place back on the stovetop.
- Reduce to a low temperature on the stovetop and stir in the spices, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes for 5 minutes.
- Turn the stove off and immediately add the cheese into the pasta dish while it is warm.
- Stir in the cheese with a wooden spoon till the it melts and covers the pasta. (Cut it in pieces if necessary to help it melt faster.)
- Serve while warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 449mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g
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If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic French recipes that are easy to prepare. Bon appétit and à bientôt !