Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dorm Room Dinner: Asiago Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

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This is a perfect weeknight dinner.  The recipe only calls for 5 ingredients (4 if you don't want to add meat) and adding sundried tomatoes and spinach makes for a complete meal in one bowl (my kind of dinner).  John and I have this a lot whenever we get our hands on some cheap asiago cheese!  I first found it on the back of a shredded asiago cheese package (no idea which one), and since then, I've kind of been spicing it up on my own!  If I'm adding meat, I've used pretty much whatever I have on hand, whether it be shrimp, chicken, or sausage, it always comes out delicious.

For the long weekend, we went to visit my youngest sister M, at her college.  It was a lot of fun and we had a great time attending different things in her town.  John and I did a wine tasting, and a beer tour of a local brewery.  The highlight though was the Chili Festival where we tried at least 20 different kinds of chili!  Despite the snow, it was such a fun time! 

The worst part of vacation is coming home, right?  It is for me.  I always leave the fridge pretty bare because I'm always nervous about food going bad. When we got home on Monday night, this was the perfect thing to whip up.  Plus, I always make leftovers since it reheats well!  Perfect for lunches on Tuesday!
Asiago Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach
Serves:  4
1/2 box of pasta
8 ounces of sundried tomatoes in oil
2 cups baby spinach leaves
4 sausages
1 cup asiago cheese, shredded

Grill the sausages for about 12-15 minutes, about 7 minutes on each side.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions.  In a small food processor, add the sundried tomatoes as well as one tablespoon of their oil.  Pulse for about 30 seconds until the tomatoes are in small chunks.  In a large colander, rinse the spinach leaves.  Keep them in the colander.  Drain the pasta and water over the spinach leaves.  This will quickly wilt the leaves but not overcook them.  Place the drained pasta and spinach into a bowl.  Add the sundried tomatoes and any juice in the food processor and the asiago cheese.  Stir well.  Top with slices of sausage. 

Like I said earlier, you can substitute the sausages for 2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced, 16 shrimp, or no meat at all!  John and I eat it meatless all the time, and it's just as delicious.  Also, I've used regular spinach since it's mostly cheaper, and chopped it up into "baby" size pieces.  The flavor tastes the same, and I save a bit of money!

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. I know what you mean about your hands being red for a week after making a red velvet cake, I'm still trying to get a splotch of batter out of my white dog's fur! How'd that happen?! Looks like it's bath time for him.

    I love this recipe. I'm with you, whenever I find cheap Asiago cheese I buy it and now I have a reason to. I will make this recipe. By the way, Whole Foods sells a tub of grated for $2.99.

  2. This sounds like a great quick meal. Its good to hear you enjoyed the visit with your sister. A change of pace is always wonderful.Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary


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