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My Take on a ‘Noodles & Company’ Favorite

24 Jan

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post. I have been a busy lady, traveling every weekend since Christmas and eating out quite a bit. This weekend t I was craving a healthy dinner that was chock-full of veggies. I immediately thought of Noodles & Company, one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in Raleigh, NC. They have delicious pasta, as you could probably guess by the name, and it’s a pretty quick restaurant so I went there for dinner once a week at least. Unfortunately, there are no Noodles & Company locations here in Lexington, KY, so I decided to make my own version of their Pasta Fresca. I was pretty happy with the end result! It’s a light and healthy recipe with a lot of flavor. I added shrimp but you could also use chicken or tofu, and any combination of vegetables. The sauce is just olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and white wine. Stay tuned for my version of the Noodles & Company Penne Rosa, coming soon! Can you tell I like pasta? 😉

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat penne pasta
  • Shrimp
  • Spinach, stems trimmed
  • Mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • Garlic clove
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White wine

Clean and chop up all the veggies while you bring your pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to directions and set aside. Heat a spoonful of olive oil in a saute pan. (You will need a pretty large saute pan/skillet because everything is going in together!) Once the pan is heated to medium-high heat, start by sautéing the chopped garlic clove for about 30 seconds. Then add the spinach, mushrooms, and onions and saute for about 5-7 minutes, until spinach is nice and wilted. Add the shrimp and chopped tomatoes and saute for a few minutes until shrimp turns pink. (If you are using chicken or tofu, it will need to cook longer and should be added before the veggies.) Add in the pasta. Now it’s time for the sauce. I didn’t really measure anything –  just added a splash of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and white wine until everything was well-coated. You are looking for a nice balance of the three flavors. The sauce shouldn’t be too oily or have an overwhelming balsamic flavor. Let everything simmer for a couple minutes, then serve with a healthy topping feta cheese!

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