Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach

This flavorful pasta dish utilizes two summer favorites: fresh spinach and plump garden tomatoes.

Though I never attempted growing my own spinach, tomatoes actually grow very easily and we have an abundance in our garden this year!

We grew these tomatoes with a few seeds from store-bought cherry tomatoes.

We dried the seeds on a paper towel and then planted them in soil.

Within weeks, leaves sprouted out of the garden, and then eventually a huge amount of green tomatoes appeared.

After a few days in the warm California sun, the green tomatoes turned a lovely shade of red.

I eat tomatoes daily, but my kids don’t really like them. But they do love helping out in the garden.

We had a huge crop recently and they helped pick them and sort them to give out to neighbors.

We were still left with a lot of tomatoes so I came up with this recipe to use them up.

I wanted a simple pasta dish that didn’t require a lot of cooking.

I also love spinach and wanted to incorporate that as well.

How to make pasta with tomatoes and Spinach

Start by cooking 8 ounces of pasta according to the package. Then drain and set it aside.

Next, heat a skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil.

When the oil shimmers, add 2 cups whole cherry or grape tomatoes and let sit a few minutes until they start blistering. I love a cast iron for this.

Add in 1 tablespoon minced garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.

Then add 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar for sweetness and cook a few seconds until it reduces. This will happen quickly if the pan is hot.

Finally, add in the cooked pasta and 2 cups fresh baby spinach. Stir well until the spinach wilts.

Take off heat and stir in 1/2-1 cup mozzarella chunks or balls. The fresh mozzarella is optional, but I like the texture it adds. 

And if add in a little fresh basil it will taste just like a caprese salad but with pasta.

Season with plenty of salt and pepper and enjoy!

This pasta dish is not too heavy, doesn’t take long to make, and can be eaten at room temperature.

Making it the perfect recipe for a hot summer night!

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Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach

Joby’s Test Kitchen
This pasta dish utilizes fresh summer tomatoes and baby spinach. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 403 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz pasta, any type
  • 2 cups whole cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
  • 2 tbsps (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsps (15-30ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2-1 cup fresh mozzarella chunks or balls, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and then add olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the tomatoes and let sit a few minutes until they start blistering. Add the garlic and stir about 1-2 minutes.
  • Now add the balsamic vinegar and cook a few seconds until it reduces (this will happen quickly if the pan is hot). Finally, add the cooked pasta and spinach. Stir well until the spinach wilts. Take off heat and stir in mozzarella. Season with plenty of salt and pepper and enjoy!
Keyword pasta, spinach, summer, tomatoes

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