Sunday, May 20, 2012

Trying New Recipes

I can't believe another weekend is already over. I've been working non-stop but loving making money. Today was Tyler and I's only day off this week together so we spent the day watching movies, having lunch with our friends, and going to the beach. Since I have a little bit more time at night, I've been trying to make dinner more often. I went to the grocery store today and planned out all of our dinners for the week. Hopefully this will make it easier when cooking during the week. The other night I tried this awesome new recipe for pasta salad. I found it on Budget Bytes. It made so much food that I have been eating off of it for a few days now.

Roasted Garlic Pasta Salad

1 head of garlic
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb. pasta shells
15 oz. ricotta cheese (I used the non fat kind and it tasted delicious)
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
3 cups of baby spinach

Cut off the head of the garlic bulb and place in a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle olive oil over it. Cover the bowl with an inverted plate. Microwave for 1 minute. The plate will be very hot so be careful. Allow the garlic to cool.

Boil large pot of water and cook pasta shells. Save at least 1/2 cup of starchy pasta cooking water.

Squeeze the garlic cloves from the head and mince well. Add the minced garlic, ricotta cheese, salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup of starchy pasta water in a bowl and mix well. I used a little more than 1/2 cup of pasta water. Stir until the sauce is smooth.

Drain the pasta and return to the warm pot. Add the fresh baby spinach and pour the ricotta sauce in. Slice the cherry tomatoes and add them to the pot. Stir and enjoy!


PostgradPrep said...

Looks like a great recipe, I will have to try it out this summer.

LJE said...

That looks delicious! Yumm!!