Monday, 26 May 2014

Pasta with Green Onions & Cheese

Usually when I make pasta, I aim to get the sauce ready in about the same time that it takes to get a pot of water boiling and the pasta cooked. It's our fast, emergency dinner, after all! However, for this one I would get everything, or almost everything chopped up first before I even turned on the water - there's a lot of chopping here.

I really liked the mint in this. I have a big patch of mint and always think I should use it more than I do. I used paneer, since we went to Costco this week and I bought a big, big block of the stuff - so there will be more. 

2 to 3 servings
45 minutes prep time

Pasta with Green Onions & Cheese

4 cups finely chopped green onions
2 cups finely chopped spinach
1 cup finely chopped fresh mint
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 cup finely chopped green garlic
OR 3-4 cloves of garlic
250 grams (1/2 pound) dry pasta
300 grams (10 ounces) paneer, halloumi, or feta cheese
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon flaked Aleppo pepper

Wash, trim, and finely chop the green onions, spinach, mint, and parsley. Mince the green garlic, or peel and mince the garlic cloves. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. Cut the cheese into bite-sized cubes; if you use feta cheese rinse and drain it well first.

When the pasta goes into the pot, heat  a large skillet, over medium-high heat. It should be lightly oiled, but just enough to keep the cheese from sticking. Add the paneer or halloumi cubes, and cook, turning after a few minutes, until lightly browned all over.

Add the remaining oil then add the green onions and cook them, stirring, until wilted. Add the spinach and mint, and continue cooking and stirring until they too are wilted. Add the garlic greens or garlic, and mix in well. Season with the salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the Aleppo or similar not too hot chile pepper - Korean pepper would be about right too. Continue to cook and stir the greens for the remaining few minutes until the pasta is done.

Drain the pasta, and add it to the pan of greens. Or, if it won't fit into the skillet, return it to the pot in which it was cook, and mix the greens into it. If you are using feta as your cheese, add it now. Either way, mix them until well combined, and serve it up.

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