Pasta with Spinach and Gruyere

Nothing beats pasta for quick weeknight meal!

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1/2 c creme fraiche
  • 8 oz gruyere, grated
  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pine nuts

Cook pasta according to package.

In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat, add creme fraiche and cook until heated through, stir in cheese – whisk until melted. Add pasta and baby spinach and cook until wilted then stir in garam masala. Season with salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts.

Serves 4.

Shakshuka

I can’t believe I’ve never made this dish before – I have at least 3 cookbooks with similar recipes – it is a great weeknight meal. I made a few tweaks.

  • Olive oil
  • 3 – 4 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • Pita bread or flatbread

Heat oven to 375.

Heat oil in an oven proof 12 inch skillet. Add peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Cook partially covers until tomatoes are very soft and form a thick sauce, about 15 minutes. Stir in goat cheese. Crack eggs over the surface and bake for 7 – 10 minutes until eggs are just set. Serve with pita.

Serves 4.

Seared Tofu with Spinach and Proscuitto

If you leave out the Pancetta, this one is vegan.

  • Peanut oil
  • 1 – 16 oz extra firm tofu, sliced into thin strips
  • Salt
  • 8 oz shiitake Mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 oz crimini Mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 4 oz Pancetta, cubed
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1/4 c stock – chicken or veggie
  • 2 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • Chives sliced thin

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat and cook tofu until brown on both sides, 2 – 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Combine stock, soy sauce and mirin.

Add mushrooms and pancetta to the pan, cook over medium high heat for 3 – 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the stock mixture, and reduce. Stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted, add tofu to warm. Top with scallions and chives.

Serves 4.