My husband and I both like spaghetti, though the versions we like vary greatly. He is a meat and sauce kinda guy. I, on the other hand, prefer a little sauce, little to no meat, and big flavor. The one aspect of spaghetti that we both agree on is that the noodles better be coated in some dang on cheese! Last night I made a one-pot pasta dish that is more to my liking. However, Wes liked it too. Score! With there being no meat in it what-so-ever, I was a little skeptical about what he’d think. It is a healthyish recipe that packs a lot of flavor. The biggest thing that has me sold on this spaghetti recipe is that it is all done in ONE pot.
I found this awesome recipe in one of Cooking Light’s 2015 magazines. If you want to check out the original recipe, click here. I made a few variations of my own, so my recipe is a tad different.
The original recipe calls for 10oz of fresh spinach. That’s just a little too much for me, so I cut it back to 5 oz. In the original recipe, it also calls for 6 cloves of garlic. I love garlic, but I don’t want to be tasting it for 3 days after I’ve eaten, so I only do 4 cloves. I also add about a 1/4 cup vodka to the pot. I think it gives the pasta a nice “heat”. The last change that I make is to add a little pepper to the dish. Again, it just gives it a small “bam”.
Healthy(ish) dish, quick to make, and an easy clean up? Let’s go!
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 can unsalted petite diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 8 oz whole-grain spaghetti
- 5 oz fresh spinach
- Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1. Pour olive oil into a LARGE saucepan & heat on medium-high heat. (You can use a dutch oven.)
- 2. Add the garlic and onions to the pan and saute.
- 3. Pour in the tomatoes, chicken stock, vodka, oregano, and pasta. Bring to a boil.
- 4. Stir to get noodles covered in liquid.
- 5. Cover and reduce head to medium low and cook until pasta is almost done.
- 6. Stir in salt and pepper.
- 7. Add the spinach in batches, tossing until it wilts.
- 8. Sprinkle with cheese.
- *Vodka is optional. (I think it gives it a subtle bite.)
- *Add the spinach in batches or else it will lump up together.