Spinach and Garlic Orecchiette Gratinée

Looking for a pasta side dish recipe that brings out the flavors of spring? Spinach and Garlic Orecchiette Gratinée is a simple olive oil and garlic orecchiette pasta, with the delightful addition of toasted bread crumbs for a crunchy finish.

Spinach and Garlic Orecchiette Gratinée

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Serves

4 people

Looking for a pasta side dish recipe that brings out the flavors of spring? Spinach and Garlic Orecchiette Gratinée is a simple olive oil and garlic orecchiette pasta, with the delightful addition of toasted bread crumbs for a crunchy finish.

It can be enjoyed on its own or pared with a chicken or fish entrée.

 

This recipe is courtesy of Pasta Fits.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces orecchiette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups/8 ounces baby spinach

Preparation

  • 1 Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat half of the oil in large skillet set over medium heat; cook bread crumbs, salt and pepper for about 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Transfer to plate.
  • 3 Heat remaining oil in same skillet; cook garlic for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add spinach; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until starting to wilt.
  • 4 Add pasta to skillet; toss to coat well. Top with toasted bread crumbs.

Tips:

  • 1 Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, chili flakes or spicy smoked paprika for a little kick.
  • 2 Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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