I feel like I was born in the wrong country because I could eat pasta and bread every day if I could. Ask my family. Spaghetti and meatballs was my favorite dish growing up. I could eat spaghetti literally four nights in a row. The first time I met my boyfriend’s parents, he asked me what they should make for dinner and I said Spaghetti. Needless to say, I’m a pasta fiend and if it was socially acceptable for women, I would eat it every day. However, I’m not a 5′ 9″ VS model so….
YET, when I visited Italy, all we ate was pasta, pizza and bread, and most of the women I saw enoying their carb-filled lunches and dinners were somehow so slim. After a freindly conversation with one of the locals, I narrowed it down to one simple solution: They use fresh ingredients. And I don’t mean “organic” “free-range” goods. I mean straight from the farmer’s market and locally grown. They don’t stock up on canned foods and have goods sitting in their pantries for more than a week. Obviously, I took notes.
Thus, I’ve been able to recreate my version of the freshest raddest pasta inspired by the modern Italian diet that’s so simple, it’s stupid. Deets:
- Linguini Pasta Noodles
- Handful Organic Baby Spinach
- Haldnful Organic Basil
- Half a tomato (diced)
- Quarter of a red onion (diced)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Pinch of Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- Boil the noods (obvi)
- Meanwhile, add a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan on medium heat
- Throw in diced tomato and diced onion and let simmer in olive oil
- Add handful of spinach and handful of basil and lower the heat
- When draining the noods, make sure to add olive oil and shake up the noodles in the strainer so they don’t stick to each to each other
- Add noods to pasta and add a teaspoon of olive oil, pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
- Stir occasionally to mix the ingredients well on low heat for about two to the three minutes
- Serve and garnish with two small basil leaves! (I like to add focaccia bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the appetizer since the pasta is so light!)
That’s it. Literally. Just a bunch of fresh ingredients thrown into the mix. No store-bought pasta sauce. Cook time is less than half an hour. And the meal is so light and fresh, there’s no next-day bloat, yet this meal can keep you full for hours! The RADDEST Simple Summer Pasta.