Dining with D’Amico: Quick Spinach and Pasta Sauté

Healthy eating and college don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, but knowing the right tricks can help turn eating right into a daily routine. So have a seat and dine with D’Amico, your guide for navigating the health-food scene without taking a chunk out of your schedule.

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Being Italian it’s not often that I eat pasta unless I’m with family, but sometimes I’m at school and the cravings for carbs just won’t go away. I had the idea for this dish while looking up healthy recipes online and I was inspired. I decided to throw together some of my favorite ingredients and it turned out great! If you’re looking for a fast and easy pasta dish that’s homemade try this one out.

What you’ll need:

2 cups spinach
1 cup whole wheat pasta (something with shapes like rotini)
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ diced white onion
1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese  

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What to do:

1. Boil water and cook pasta for 7 minutes.

2. Drain and rinse pasta, then set aside.

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3. Caramelize the onions using half of the balsamic vinegar until they smell sweet.

4. Add the spinach and stir until it begins to wilt.

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5. Add the remaining balsamic vinegar and stir ingredients until the spinach is completely wilted.

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6. Toss the pasta in the pan and mix until it’s fully coated with the juices from the onion and balsamic.

7. Serve in a bowl and top with parmesan cheese.

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8. Enjoy!

Photos by Jose Miguel Ponte