Thought you were going on vacation and just as you were about to get in the car, your son breaks his foot? I hate when that happens. So anyways, for the first time in my life, I had actually planned for vacation coming, and was determined to leave without a fridge full of groceries to rot while I was away. I had half a bag of spinach left. Get the noodles (about 1/2 lb. for two or three people, or double the whole recipe) going in salted, boiling water, and use a good brand. You might fight me on it, but I like De Cecco. Let it cook until it is al dente, still the faintest whisper of a white line in the middle when you bite into a piece. Drain well and reserve about 3 tablespoons of the cooking water in a cup. Dry out the pasta pot. Give it a spill of olive oil and add three to four finely slivered cloves of garlic. When they are golden, rip in some fresh thyme from one sprig, or a few basil leaves, or mint leaves or even marjoram or parsley (or nothing; I had nothing). If you have the patience, shallot, cooked til golden is really good as well, or forget the shallot and add the prewashed baby spinach leaves with a good pinch of salt, a few red pepper flakes, and a grind of black pepper. Add a handful of pine nuts and (if the people permit) a handful of currants. Toss it all together with about 1/2 cup of coarsly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, separating the cooked spinach leaves so that they are evenly distributed, and adding a little of the pasta water if you need it. Taste for salt and serve with more cheese on the side. Look happy.
Oh No.. so much for vacation.. hope he’s okay!!!!
Poor Ferd. We had four broken arms between two daughters. They can be quite painful – hope he feels better soon.
Where WERE you going?