Quick and easy dinner that I made the other night. We had bought a bag of baby spinach which we love to sauté, and I was craving pasta. So I decided to combine them into a quick and easy dinner. I wanted to get some bacon flavor in there and since Michelle is a vegetarian I used Morning Star Farms Veggie Bacon Strips. I used a Large Shell Pasta since all of the ingredients will be able to get inside them.
1 Package Large Shells – boil in salted water to package directions
1 bag of baby spinach
3 strips of Veggie bacon – cut into small chunks
peas – frozen or fresh
While the pasta is boiling start a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add some olive oil get it nice and hot then add in the bacon chunks and frozen peas. Cook 2-3 minutes until the bacon gets a bit crispy and the peas are thawed. Add a bit of unsalted butter and let it heat up then add the spinach. Let this wilt down and keep it moving so it does not burn. I finished it with a bit of salt and lemon juice. Lower the heat to low then add in the Pasta and Pesto and toss it all together. I added a a bit of the starchy pasta water and yet another pat of butter to make the sauce hold to the pasta a bit better.
I added a bit of crushed red pepper flakes to mine, I like the spicy.
Over dinner Michelle and I had the thought that adding some white beans to the sauté might make this even better – I will try that and report back