I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, so finally here it is. A previous blog entry was a recipe for Little Buddy’s Shrimp, Spinach, Artichoke and Feta Pasta. I’ve been a roll with olive oil and garlic based pasta sauces and the possibilities are endless. Here is another variation:
Little Buddy’s Spinach, Feta and Smoked Oyster Pasta
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp Hungarian smoked paprika (cayenne pepper will work, too)
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 bag fresh spinach (up to 1 lb, most bags are 10/11 oz)
2 cans smoked oysters in oil
1/2 lb spaghetti or linguine
4 oz sheep’s or goat’s milk feta cheese (any feta will do, but make sure it has some taste, generic grocery store feta tastes like chalk)
fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to taste
How to make
1. Heat olive oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes in a frying pan or pot. Note, I use cast iron.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the spaghetti. Cook until al dente, and stir it frequently, don’t just leave it in the water, around 8 minutes for regular store bought thin spaghetti. Do not overcook. Drain spaghetti in a colander and set aside.
3. Crush garlic cloves with flat of a good large knife. Peel and mince. Peel and mince the onion. Add to the hot oil and saute for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add salt, paprika, white pepper and cumin and stir for 2 minutes.
5. Add the fresh spinach (yes, it will cook down, more than you may think). Stir as it wilts down. Now is the time to check if there is enough oil in the pot. This is not an overly oily dish, but it needs enough to fully coat the ingredients. Add a bit if needed.
6. After the spinach as somewhat cooked down, add the smoked oysters along with the oil they are in. Stir for a couple of minutes.
7. Make sure spaghetti is ready, then crumble and add the feta. Stir for a minute and add the spaghetti. Stir and toss thoroughly.
8. Check seasonings and adjust if necessary. Take off heat.
9. Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. DO NOT use the crap in the green cans from the grocery store!