In a word, delicious. In a moment’s notice, umm…yes.

I’d like to introduce our dinner tonight by recounting our afternoon adventure:

Me: “I’m at the antique mall and I found a BARN DOOR!”

Jason: “Sweet. So, does that mean we are going to get it?”

Me: “Can you get here soon? Cuz, if you can, then the answer is “yes”.

Jason: “And if I can’t?”

Me: Then the answer is still “yes”.

20 minutes later…

We own a barn door!

Please excuse the incredibly not well framed or toned Instagram shot. This was the quickly taken “convince to buy” shot I sent to Jason to entice him to meet me. :)

I was also very keen on this little painted table and the 2 bowls, but they were way too overpriced – one of the biggest dangers of booths selling antiques.

So, after the 20 minutes and then maybe an hour more of browsing the amazing selection of everything you could ever want in antiques and basic cool-ness…We pack up, drive through 5 o’clock traffic, and finally arrive home – way past dinner time!

I had a few options at my disposal for a quick, impromptu dinner. As I thought through our choices, I remembered that the last time we went to the farmer’s market I had bought a package of one of my favorite KC Artisan Pastas. The pasta we ended up having tonight was a Lemon Basil Fettucini, and as has been my experience with all the pastas I have had from this particular vendor, it was divine.

I have to admit that their homemade pastas have made me into a pasta snob. I cringe to think of eating store-bought anymore. Now all I need is the pasta-making accessory for my Kitchen Aid Mixer to make my own. (hint, hint) ;-)

Most of the time I am content with eating these artisan pastas with a little garlic and olive oil, but I had fresh spinach on hand that I really wanted to incorporate somehow. Fast forward 20 minutes and this new pasta sauce was born. The recipe is simple -a can of diced tomatoes, fresh spinach leaves, garlic, spices, and pesto.

The flavor was robust, but did not overpower the taste of the lemon basil in the pasta, which was a nice plus. We garnished this dish with some herbed feta cheese and a few fresh basil leafs. So, from walking in the door to dinnertime this pasta was a quick and delicious success!

Enjoy!

Megan

Pesto, Spinach & Tomatoes over Artisan Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Fettucini Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 1 Can (14.5 oz.) Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Basil Pesto
  • Garnish: Crumbled Feta Cheese

Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Then, drain and rinse and transfer to a serving bowl.
  2. While pasta cooks, in a medium sauce pan heat olive oil to medium heat and saute the garlic for 30 seconds or until they release odor. Then stir in diced tomatoes and basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add in fresh spinach and pesto and cook until the spinach begins to wilt. Remove from heat.
  3. Divide pasta among serving plates, top with the pasta sauce, and garnish with feta and fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.

11 Responses to “Pesto, Spinach & Tomatoes over Artisan Pasta”

  1. This sounds so delicious! 2 things – which antique store did you visit? and where do you find the artisan pasta? They both sound amazing!

  2. hey i love pasta !! looks very delicious :D

  3. Urban Wife says:

    Looks amazing and I love how quickly it can be thrown together. Perfect for a weeknight meal for us! Thanks for sharing! p.s. The barn door is awesome – what will you do with it?

    • Thanks! The barn door is in our bedroom as part of the decor, but we will also be using it as a photography prop – for both food & portraits! I think my next post will be using it as a background – I can’t wait!! :)

  4. purabi naha says:

    These days I’m really concentrating on making a perfect pasta dish. Yours is a great idea. This looks beautiful and yummy! Bookmarked.

  5. Kathryn says:

    I love how your impromptu dinner is an artisan pasta dish; mine would probably be a bowl of cereal! :) Love the barn door, too- what a cool piece to own!

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  7. eliana says:

    Love all the pops of flavor in this pasta dish. Looks like it would make for the perfect dinner.

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  9. Kellie Spearman says:

    I made this last night and it was sooo good. I had fresh yellow and red grape tomatoes and fresh basil so used that instead of can tomatoes/dried basil. I didn’t have artisan pasta so I substituted Dreamfields low carb spaghetti :) I will be making this again. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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