Simple Pine Nut Pasta

by Joe N. Pollifrone 08/10/2020

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Who doesn't love pasta? If you're a big fan of pasta but getting tired of the same old recipes, this unique and delicious vegetarian recipe is right for you. It's easy to make, requires few ingredients and makes little mess. It's also incredibly versatile, and can be made vegan for those who have special dietary requirements. Keep reading at the end of the recipe for suggestions about what to serve with pine nut pasta and other information.  

Ingredients

  • Pasta (rigatoni, penne, spiral are all fine - or any pasta you have on hand)
  • 1 Yellow onion 
  • Olive oil - 2 Tablespoons
  • Fresh spinach - 4 cups
  • Pine nuts - 2 cups
  • Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package and set aside.
  • Dice the onion. 
  • Tear stems off of spinach.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. 
  • Put onion in the pan and sautee until edges begin to brown. 
  • Sprinkle onion with salt and pepper. 
  • Add pine nuts to the pan and heat until the outside begins to brown. 
  • Add spinach to the pan and stir it until the spinach begins to wilt. Remove from heat.
  • Top the pasta with the onion, pine nut and spinach combination. 
  • Sprinkle pasta with parmesan cheese, salt and cracked black pepper. 
  • Serve!
  • Pine nut pasta is an excellent dish to serve at special occasions because it looks fancy compared to many other types of pasta, but it's easy to prepare for large groups.

    What to Serve with Pine Nut Pasta

    If you eat meat and would like to add some extra protein to your pine nut pasta dish, serve with a side of baked chicken. 

    Pine nut pasta is delicious with garlic bread, or if you're feeling adventurous, sautee sliced mushrooms in garlic and olive oil. Place the sauteed mushroom mixture on slices of bread and bake in the oven.

    Seeking the perfect salad to accompany pine nut pasta? Combine chopped romaine lettuce, black beans (drained and rinsed), feta cheese and walnuts. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Serve.

    Are Pine Nuts a Nut?

    If you or someone in your household has a nut allergy, you may have concerns about pine nuts. Technically, pine nuts are a seed. However, you should check with your doctor before ingesting anything that you believe could be a potential allergen. Your doctor can help you decide whether this particular ingredient is safe.

    Want to Make This Recipe Vegan? Here's How

    Pine nut pasta is already vegetarian. If you want to make it vegan, replace the parmesan cheese with sprinkles of nutritional yeast at the end. You'll get the same nutty-cheesy flavor that you find with parmesan, but it's dairy free (and healthy!). 

    About the Author
    Author

    Joe N. Pollifrone

    For over 30 years, Joe Pollifrone has practiced real estate full-time as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California. Joe’s vast sales experience includes duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, apartment buildings, land, condominiums, townhomes, fixer-uppers, estate properties, and bank-owned properties (REOs). He also is active in selling non-owner occupied properties and is well-versed in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, property management, tenant/landlord issues, and local laws. During Joe’s career to date, he has sold in excess of $200,000,000 of real estate, including over $32,000,000 in REOs. 

    Joe brought his deep experience to Sereno Group Willow Glen as a Broker Associate in 2012. He was the Sales Manager and lead a top-producing office. Joe would mentor new Sereno hires, making sure that they’re comfortable with the ethos of the office, plugged into Sereno’s network of contacts, and well-versed in the technology required of today’s real estate professionals. 

    Joe prides himself on his proven ability to negotiate, extensive knowledge of contracts, and securing close of escrows in a timely manner. Both he and his clients credit his success to effective communication skills, honesty, and hard work. Joe is a native of San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-seven years, Kimi, his daughters Milan and Micaela and their two Goldendoodles, Tony-Luca and Marco.