Fusilli with Spinach, Tomatoes, & Parmesan Cheese

This is a great summer pasta dish that I've been making for years.  It only has a few ingredients & comes together in minutes making it perfect for week nights.  You can serve it as a main dish or as a side with grilled chicken or fish.  It's a great way to get more spinach in your diet too!  Even my 5 year old, who has a fear of all things green, loves it.  I slightly adapted this from Giada De Laurentiis
1 lb Fusilli Pasta
1 9-10 oz bag Fresh Spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 pint Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, halved
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Salt & Pepper
Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water, until al dente. You want it tender but firm to the bite.  Drain the pasta & reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water.
While the pasta is cooking, add the olive oil to a large chefs pan or deep skillet.  Heat to medium & add the minced garlic.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn. 
Add the chopped spinach & halved tomatoes.  
Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes. 
Turn down the heat & add the drained pasta.  
Toss well.  Then add the reserved pasta water, 1/2 of the cheese, & toss.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.  
Serve immediately, topped with the reserved Parmesan Cheese.
Yumm!!  This makes 4 main coarse servings.


  1. I make a dish very similar to this...and it is wonderful.
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  2. This looks absolutely delicious, great recipe!! :)