1/2 454-g pkg
, about a 1-in. wide bundle, or fusilli lunghi bucati (long spiral-shaped pasta)
, preferably baby spinach, or 2 large bunches
, such as sun-dried tomato and oregano or flavourful Italian
, preferably with black pepper added
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, if you aren’t using baby spinach, remove and discard tough stems of leaf spinach. Then coat bottom of a wide frying pan with about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) salad dressing. Slice tomatoes into halves and add to pan along with any juice and seeds.
Place pan over medium heat and stir frequently until tomato skins start to split and tomatoes have released some of their juices, about 6 minutes. Add remaining dressing. Dot cheese over tomatoes and stir until it starts to melt, about 2 minutes. Stir in spinach. For large leaf spinach, cover pan and stir occasionally just until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. If using baby spinach, it will probably wilt as soon as it is stirred in. Immediately toss with hot pasta.
Nutrition (per serving)
A bottled dressing forms the instant base for this yummy but sophisticated pasta toss.