There is something I love about eating dinner with people.
Which is actually kind of weird, because I’m usually so picky about my food, but I really love having a feast with friends. Maybe it’s because I miss dinners with my family, but I just love having a house full of people! Lucky for me, some friends and I get together every Thursday for a potluck.
I was hosting this week, and the theme was Italian!
I kicked around some ideas of what to make. I was just going to do a basic pasta + marinara + cheese kind of combination, but I wanted to do something a little less… expected. But I’m also not brave enough to try a totally new recipe when I have a houseful of people. Thankfully, I remembered the Pasta Puttanessca dish I learned how to make at the Mise En Place cooking school!
I’ll re-post the recipe, in case you missed it. (I also made some tweaks, so it’s a little different than the last time.)
A twist on the previous recipe from the lovely ladies at Mise En Place
- 16 oz of linguine
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup parsley (or you can substitute 1 tbsp of dried parsley)
- 1/2 cup chopped olives
- 4 tbsp capers
- 1 qt cherry tomatoes (halved, about 2 cups)
- 2 tsp of dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium flame. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add the parsley, olives, capers, oregano, red pepper and saute for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 min. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt.
Then just add your cooked pasta and cover with cheese.
We also had garlic bread, salad, & dessert. Not to shabby!
Now I’m just celebrating the fact that it’s Friday.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like this week has dragged on a bit. I’m ready to go out! I have basically nothing planned… so I’m hoping to find some adventure!
I have a workout with my trainer this morning, so that means I can go out tonight guilt free tonight, right? 😉
Can someone please make the weather be like this again? I’m tired of grey skies.
Sunshine maks me happy.