Slim Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Balsamic

Slim Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Balsamic
Staff Writer
Jacqueline Whitehart

Slim Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Balsamic

This spaghetti is a carbohydrate-free one that you find in health stores. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it can be helpful when you want a "proper" plate of food for less than 100 calories. Don’t be put off by the weird smell when you first get it out of the packet — rinse the spaghetti thoroughly in warm water and the smell will disappear.

1
Servings
587
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 Ounces slim spaghetti*
  • 1/2 Teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 3/4 Ounce baby leaf spinach
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 basil leaf, torn
  • 1/8 Ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Directions

Cook the slim spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Heat the olive oil in a wide saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute until just cooked. Add the cherry tomatoes, stir well, and cook for 4 minutes. Add the spinach to the pan, stir, then cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute more. Uncover the pan, stir in the slim spaghetti, and season it well with pepper. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Let this cook through for 1 minute. Add the torn basil and serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan.  

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
46g
66%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
20g
83%
Cholesterol
56mg
19%
Carbohydrate, by difference
12g
9%
Protein
24g
52%
Vitamin A, RAE
301µg
43%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
265µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
189mg
19%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
60µg
15%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
43mg
13%
Phosphorus, P
54mg
8%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
1646mg
100%
Water
57g
2%

Spaghetti Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Spaghetti Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Spaghetti Wine Pairing

Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, primitivo, sangiovese, or carménère with meat- or tomato-based sauces; grenache or chardonnay with cream-based sauces; pinot gris/grigio, albariño, or other fresh white wines (for instance, soave, Italian sauvignon, or grillo) with seafood pasta; nebbiolo, dolcetto, or barbera with most non-seafood pasta.