Putting a little twist to traditional recipes makes cooking a lot more exciting. For instance, preparing a familiar dish such as spaghetti but with new ingredients creates a delightful flavor. You don’t have to worry about the ingredients because you may just opt for fresh greens right from your vegetable garden. Herbs such as parsley, basil, and spinach go exceptionally well with the southern Italian staples like garlic and olive oil.
This garlic and herb spaghetti recipe is a simple twist on the traditional. Moreover, it’s a healthier version since it makes use of all the health benefits of whole-wheat spaghetti, herbs, and olive oil. The combination of the ingredients creates a perfect nourishing meal that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Calories per serving: 172 kcal
1-pound whole-wheat spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil, or more for drizzling
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6-8 cloves)
1 large bunch chopped basil, parsley or both
1 large bunch chopped baby spinach
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping
6 tablespoons butter
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt, then the whole-wheat spaghetti. Cook according to package directions.
While waiting for the spaghetti to cook, heat butter in a sauté pan or a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for around 3-5 minutes until it appears soft and fragrant. Make sure to not over-brown the garlic as it will make your food taste bitter. Sautéing low and slow is the key.
Slice the spinach, basil and parsley into small bite-sized pieces, then add to the skillet and stir for 1-2 minute until it softens slightly. Season the mix with salt.
Once the spaghetti is fully cooked, toss it in the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Toss the cooked pasta well to combine it evenly, then let it all rest for a few minutes to allow it to stick together.
Once evenly coated, transfer to the serving dish.
Drizzle the finished product with more olive oil, a pat of butter and shaved Parmesan if desired.
If there are leftovers, you may simmer the food with a can of roughly chopped fire-roasted tomatoes and around ½ cup of vegetable broth for 10 minutes. The noodles will appear thick and saucy with lots of veggies which will surely taste good.