This probably started as a recipe from somewhere, but it’s now just one of my own that I love to throw together. The great thing about it is that the ingredients are flexible – you can add whatever you want in whatever quantity, depending on what’s in your fridge and what you feel like eating. My versions usually end up heavy on the garlic and onions. Cheese would also probably be great, but since I never keep any in the house (I can exhibit no self control when cheese is present), I don’t include it in the list of ingredients.
How would you tweak this recipe?
- Enough oil or butter to caramelize the onions, usually 1 to 2 tablespoons
- Half to a whole onion, cut into long thing strips
- Garlic to your taste, 1-4 cloves chopped
- Half a dozen to a dozen olives, chopped
- Several handfuls of spinach, at least 1/4 pound
- A single serving or more of whole wheat pasta, whatever shape you prefer (I love spaghetti and angel hair, so that’s what I always end up using)
- red pepper flakes to taste
- Melt butter/heat oil over a medium to low heat. Add onions and caramelize, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Don’t cook too high or too fast, because you really want the sweet taste
- Add garlic and stir, for a minute or 2
- Add spinach into pan. It looks like a lot, but it will reduce down quite a bit, so keep throwing it in there.
- When spinach is wilted, add olives and cook 2-3 minutes
- Add red pepper flakes and cook 2-3 minutes more
- Serve over whole wheat pasta
On a side note, have I ever posted my awesome plates here? My mom found them in China town in New York and Japan Town in SF (I think). I have a whole set of small dessert plates, but alas, just 2 large plates and 2 bowls. I haven’t had any luck finding them online. If anyone has seen them, let me know and I’ll love you forever!