Not having planned anything in my 'food diary' (yes, I am keeping one now--a meal planner is the same thing, which I did anyway, this one is just in a journal type of notebook), because originally I wouldn't be home, I decided to put Jenny Rosenstrach (of Dinner; A Love Story) to the test.
I made her favorite (so she says in the book) meal ever! Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions and Parmesan.
Total Time? 15 minutes.
Okay the Handyman threw a few chicken thighs on the grill (he cannot do vegetarian except as a side. He has to have his meat.) but those didn't take too long either.
We loved this pasta and spinach dish. Except being as we are not nearly as healthy as Jenny Rosenstrach, we thought a good pat of butter on the pasta made it even better!! Browned butter? Now, that's a thought! Mmmmmm.
Even tho the Handyman loves his meat and potatoes best (he's that kind of guy), he really could do this pasta dish alone. He liked the caramelized onions in the pasta a lot. Me too.
I have to fess up tho... I had no whole wheat pasta, so we just used what we had; regular spaghetti.
We played cribbage afterwards to see who would do the dishes and guess what? It wasn't me!! I got to grab my book, a gin and tonic (something wrong having the cocktail AFTER the dinner?) and the patio swing. A perfect night.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions, Spinach and Parmesan
from: Dinner, A Love Story
Few glugs of olive oil (I used a bit of butter too)
3 large onions, sliced
1 pound whole wheat spaghetti (I just used what I had)
Small handful of thawed frozen spinach
big handful of fresh spinach
1 T. balsamic vinegar
Lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pour the oil into a skillet set over medium heat and cook the onions, stirring every few minutes, for a minimum of 15 and up to 45 minutes. While the onions cook, prepare the spaghetti to package directions. During the last minute of pasta cooking, add your spinach to the water. Drain the pasta and the spinach together.
Toss the spinach with a little olive oil (or butter as we did)
Stir the balsamic vinegar into the onions.
Serve the pasta in bowls, then heap on the onions and Parmesan cheese.