Moving is expensive. House repairs are expensive. Thus, we’ve decided that we really do need to eat in more often. We already ate in quite a bit before the move, but moving calls for a bit of take out and well, enough is enough. So here’s a budget friendly recipe that is light, easily altered, and pretty to look at.
Spirals and Spinach starts with 12oz of tri-color spiral pasta cooked till soft. While the pasta is cooking/boiling, fix up about 1 cup of frozen spinach in a frying pan. Be careful not to let it get too soft. Mine did get a little soggy..oops. Just make sure it’s thawed out in the pan. Medium heat should do. When the spinach is thawed out add some bits of bacon. I used five pieces of microwaveable bacon, but I didn’t microwave it and I didn’t use all of it. I pulled off the fat and discarded it. (My mother, grandmothers, etc. would be highly disappointed. I grew up eating foods cooked in bacon grease, which of course comes from bacon fat. It’s a southern thing and while it provides great flavor, it’s not the greatest friend to my stomach.) Anyways, toss the meaty part of the bacon in the pan with the spinach and let them heat up together.
Once the pasta is cooked, drained, and ready- keep it on medium heat and add the spinach and bacon. Also add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tbsp of white vinegar and toss well. Serve immediately and add some garlic salt, or Parmesan cheese.
The dish is light, filling, and on the cheap!