"This Spinach and Cheese Pasta has become a regular family dinner in our home," says Giora Shimoni, who points out that it's easy and quick to prepare -- and delicious. To bump up the visual interest and flavor, Shimoni sometimes sautes a red bell pepper along with the spinach. And if you want to make this dish even heartier, toss in some of your favorite roasted vegetables and chickpeas for a colorful, satisfying one-dish meal.
- 1 16-oz package/500 grams pasta (such as shells, farfalle, or penne)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 to 3 large cloves garlic (peeled, smashed and minced)
- 1 pound/500 grams fresh spinach (washed, chopped, stems removed)
- 4 ounces/115 grams Bulgarian cheese (crumbled)
- Optional: freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Gather the ingredients.
- Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Stir in the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain, but do not rinse. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl.
- While the pasta is cooking, warm the oil in large chef's pan set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and sauté until the leaves wilt, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the wilted spinach and the cheese to the hot pasta, and toss to combine. Season to taste with the pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
Recipe Testing Notes & Tips
If you're having trouble tracking down Bulgarit, an Israeli take on the Bulgarian feta-style cheese known as sirene, opt for a sheeps' milk feta. The award-winning Pastures of Eden is a good choice. The OU-kosher certified Israeli feta is available at kosher supermarkets, and many Trader Joe's stores.
Want to cut down on the prep time? Use baby spinach, and eliminate the need to remove stems or chop leaves.