Supper Club: A garlic and spinach pasta recipe that the whole family will love
Keep it simple this Bank Holiday Monday with this tasty pasta recipe from Abra Berens' cookbook, 'Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables'.
Making a pan sauce can be a bit of a trick, but the more you do it, the easier it will be. If your sauce breaks (the solids separate from the liquid), add a bit more butter to bring it back together. I always end up doubling the amount of garlic in any cookbook recipe I’ve ever made. This pasta has a real garlic punch. If you want a tamer dish, feel free to cut the amount of garlic in half. This dish with green garlic is one of my favourite foods.
Garlic and Spinach Pasta
- 1 small onion, cut into thin slices
- 6 garlic cloves, slivered
- butter for frying
- 120ml white wine or dry vermouth
- 240ml chicken or vegetable stock or water
- 55g anchovy-caper butter, cut into cubes
- 240ml cream
- 455g long pasta, just finished cooking
- 1 bag spinach (115g), chopped into stripsRaclette or Parmesan cheese
- In a shallow frying pan, sweat the onion and garlic in a knob of the butter and a pinch of salt over low heat until soft, 5-7 minutes. Add the wine and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Increase the heat and add the stock.
- When the liquid comes to a boil, add the butter and cream and let reduce until slightly thickened, 3-5 minutes.
- Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and the spinach, allowing the heat of the pasta to wilt the spinach.
- Serve with a satisfyingly hefty grating of cheese.
Extracted from Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables by Abra Berens (Chronicle Books). Photographs by EE Berger.