Slim Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Balsamic

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Slim Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, and Balsamic
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.

Ready in
20 m
1
Servings
459
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.  

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
8%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Protein
17g
34%
Carbs
86g
29%
Vitamin A
305µg
34%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
19.1%
Vitamin C
35mg
58%
Vitamin E
2mg
11%
Vitamin K
257µg
100%
Calcium
139mg
14%
Fiber
6g
25%
Folate (food)
137µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
137µg
34%
Iron
3mg
19%
Magnesium
114mg
29%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
15%
Phosphorus
280mg
40%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
895mg
26%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
11.6%
Sodium
106mg
4%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
12.6%
Zinc
2mg
14%

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