Sunday, July 21, 2013

Roasted Garlic Pasta Salad

Im a total garlic junkie.  Like, I put garlic powder on popcorn.  It only seemed logical to make something pretty garlicky for lunch.  I know it's a faux pas to eat something that potent with smell at work but, I stopped caring about that long ago.

Recipe from Budget Bytes.
Yields 8 servings.
300 calories per serving.

1 head garlic
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 box whole wheat pasta
15 oz reduced fat ricotta cheese
Garlic pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 pint grape tomatoes
3 c baby spinach

Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch off the top of the head of garlic.
Place bulb in a bowl & drizzle olive oil over top of exposed cloves.
Cover the bowl with a plate.
Microwave on high, in one minute increments, until garlic is soft and fragrant.  (This took me about 2 minutes.)
Remove from microwave & allow garlic to cool.

Bring a large pot of water to boil, add the pasta, & cook for 10 minutes.
Reserve 1/2 c of pasta water.

Squeeze garlic cloves from the head & mince well.
Add the garlic to a medium bowl with ricotta cheese & a large amount of pepper & the salt.
Add the reserved pasta water & stir until smooth.

Turn off the burner, drain the pasta & return to the pot.
Add the spinach & pour ricotta cheese over top.
Add tomatoes & stir well.
Top with parmesan cheese & stir again.

This was so, so tasty.   I had my roommate try a noodle & she thought the same.  I have to once again rave about how much I love the website I got this recipe from.  I altered some of the ingredients so that this dish is a little healthier but, in general, the gal that runs Budget Bytes really does an excellent job!  If you want tasty & inexpensive, she's the go-to blog!

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