When I was young, one of the cartoons that I regularly watched was “Popeye”. To the “young once” out there, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about! The young ones are probably not familiar with the show so I’ll give a brief intro about it. Popeye the Sailorman’s love interest is Olive while his arch enemy is Brutus. In every episode, Olive somehow gets in trouble because of Brutus’ dirty tricks and Popeye has to rescue her. And to save the damsel in distress and defeat Brutus, all Popeye has to do is swallow a can of spinach which gives him superhuman strength and stamina…
While spinach will not instantly transform you into a muscle man just like in Popeye, it is in reality one of the most nutritious vegetables. It is high in vitamins C, E, niacin (B3) and B6, and other nutrients like folate, beta carotene, magnesium and potassium. Spinach is also rich in an antioxidant called lutein which is important for eye health. Finally, it’s also an excellent source of dietary fibre which keeps the intestine functioning normally.
When we travelled to New Zealand, it was my first time to see large spinach leaves. We were in Coromandel when I first tried to cook them with pasta and they looked and tasted good. In Singapore, the spinach that is usually see in local supermarkets are small baby spinach. So I was glad when I saw the large varieties at Cold Storage in Plaza Singapura. Thought of cooking them with pasta, again. In less than 30 minutes, viola, Spinach Pasta! Albert enjoyed his pasta and stories about Popeye.
- 300g whole-wheat pasta
- 3 bunches of English spinach, de-stem, washed, chopped
- 3 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra to serve
- 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
- 300ml cooking cream
- 30g parmesan, grated
- chilli flakes
- pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta according to pack instructions.
- Heat pan in medium heat and pour olive oil. Sauté garlic until light brown (about 30 seconds) and add spinach and 2-3 pinches of chili flakes. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add cooking cream and pasta stir for 2-3 minutes. Pepper to taste. Sit in parmesan cheese and simmer for 3 minutes in low heat.
- Serve with parmesan and dash of chili flakes.