Orecchiette with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, Spinach, and Parmesan

This is a very simple and healthy side dish. My daughter had a friend over for dinner who happens to be quite picky so I wanted to make something that she would be willing to try. I kept the pasta very simple and without any sauce. The sautéed veggies tasted great with the orecchiette that was seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. I served this pasta with the Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts  and my House Salad for a tasty and delicious meal even my daughter’s friend seemed to like. Yay!

Prepare the orecchiette in salted water per instructions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and chopped asparagus; cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan then add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the orecchiette along with the spinach, pine nuts, and some reserved liquid if needed. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

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Orecchiette with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, Spinach, and Parmesan

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb orecchiette, cooked per instructions
2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1 cup of grape tomatoes
10 spears of asparagus, wooden ends removed, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes (more if desired)
1 cup of baby spinach
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Prepare the orecchiette in salted water per instructions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the grape tomatoes and chopped asparagus; cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan then add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the orecchiette along with the spinach, pine nuts, and some reserved liquid if needed. Season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; toss to coat evenly. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

 

 

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19 Responses to “Orecchiette with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, Spinach, and Parmesan”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 28, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Love the simplicity of this dish Pam. I love tomato and asparagus so I know I’ll love this dish. YUM!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 28, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    I always love your pasta dishes Pam, they are easy and delicious!

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    Blond Duck — August 29, 2013 @ 4:08 am

    Easy and good!

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    Kim in MD — August 29, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    Sometimes simple is best. This looks so delicious!

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    Jenn — August 29, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    You always know it’s a hit when a picky eater likes it!! Looks fantastic!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — August 29, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    Great, simple pasta dish! Glad the picky eater liked it! :)

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    cquek — August 29, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    i just love pasta… have to check it out

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    Peggy Recker — August 29, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    This looks so good.

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    rosita — August 29, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    Se ve muy rico me encanta este plato sencillo de pasta,saludos y abrazos

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    Marjie — August 29, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Hooray for feeding someone else’s picky child successfully! That is a great testimonial to this dish, and especially to you, Pam.

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — August 29, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    Looks like a great pasta salad. I love tomatoes in salads like this.

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    Joanne — August 29, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    How sweet of you to cater to your daughter’s friend’s tastes! I’d love this…and would totally eat it as a main dish!

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    Catherine — August 29, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    Dear Pam, It does feel good to prepare something that a “picky” eater will enjoy.
    This dish sounds wonderful. Blessings dear. Catherine

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    lenia — August 29, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    I love every single ingredient of it!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 30, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    A quick and delicious pasta meal!

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    Robin Merrell — August 30, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    I made this for lunch today with a few substitutions. I used seashell pasta, burned my pine nuts so used pecans, and didn’t have parmesan so I used feta. It was very good with those substitutions so I look forward to making it as you’ve written.

    I really like your recipes. Thank you and keep cooking and posting.

    Robin

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    Jovina Coughlin — August 30, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Really good looking pasta dish. I really like the fresh vegetables added to it.

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    Lia — August 30, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    I so love the components of this plate.
    The colours are stunning and the flavour combination, just divine!!
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend dear,
    Lia.

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    Pasta-recipes — September 5, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    Very good recipe for busy people, but I would be added more spinach and garlic… I will try this recipe today.

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