Thursday, 13 September 2012

Spinach, Tomato and Olives Tagliatelle

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

I have been brought up on very pure, simple and healthy Indian food. Mum was very busy working hours and hours, cannot expect from her any fancy and time consuming dishes. Least she could prepare maybe Idly-Sambhar or Chole Bhathure for us occasionally.

I was introduced to so many non Indian dishes when I got married and came to UK in my early twenties. From Pasta to Nachos and Croissant to Couscous...Lists can go on..But it's totally different story for our kids, they have seen and eaten so many variety dishes in their early stage of life..they have a hell of a choice and they do become choosy too :)

Offer them ice cream , reply will come " which flavour is it ? " In my days there were no flavour, one and only good old Vanilla was there and we used to get over excited for those treats !! Not blaming them, as I have wrote in my previous post " Time change, People change..or I would say sometimes we as parents do change our habits for our kids :)

At one time I went crazy on pasta, while kids were young, lots of stress and you just want something to fill your tummy..and pasta was easy option for me, boil, add ready made pasta sauce, add lots of cheese and shove it in the oven..but past 3-4 years I have gone easy on pasta, same time daughter can't live a week without pasta..she loves to try out different pasta dishes..

Few days back she asked me very sweetly  if we can have pasta for lunch ? I nodded, and we agreed to add lots of vegetables to it.. having pasta with lots of vegetables, some herbs and spices and drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top, A delicious , moreish Italian dish that mummy and daddy tucked in to pasta and didn't mind to for seconds either...

You will need:-
  • 200 g tagliatelle ( pasta )
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small bag of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup diced courgette
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp green and black olives ( used jar ones )
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 jar basil and tomato sauce
  • 100 g mozzarella cheese drained and diced
  • basil olive oil to drizzle

Put large pan of salted water to boil.
In a non stick pan , heat olive oil over a medium heat and add courgette and cook about 5-7 minutes.
Add garlic and fry for 1 minute, add spinach along with olives and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Now add  basil and tomato sauce with half a cup water and cook till vegetables are done.
Add red chili flakes, black pepper powder and salt to taste.
Meanwhile cook the tagliatelle according to packet instruction.
Drain and return to the pan.
Stir the mozzarella cheese in to the hot sauce until it melts.
Then tip over the pasta.
Toss together and serve hot.
Drizzle some basil olive oil.

Buon appetito :)))
Linking this dish to Shama's event Fast Food - Pasta.


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