While my mother has revamped Ralphy's entire diet, he is still a real Italian boy, and nothing makes him happier than a big plate of macaroni and gravy. He has been known to eat a pound of pasta by himself. And even though I won't actually be spending Father's Day with him, I think this is a dish that would satisfy even his appetite. It's a combination of three recipes from Mark Bittman's Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times: Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans, Pasta with Walnuts, and Linguine with Spinach and I'll be making it next time I visit my parents. It's so good, so fast, and I know my health-conscious mama will love it as much as my carb-craving papa.
Ralphy's Greeny Linguine
1 lb. whole wheat linguine
4 cups. baby spinach, stems removed
1 1/2 cups green beans, cleaned and trimmed
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
In a small bowl, stir garlic, red pepper flakes, and basil into oil. Set aside.
Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add linguine and cook until halfway done (about 6 minutes). Add green beans and continue boiling. When linguine is almost ready ( test a piece, but it should be about 11 minutes) add spinach and cook until just wilted (2 minutes). Strain and return to pot. Add oil mixture, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately with grated parmesan.
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