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Linguine with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Here is another very simple yet satisfying weeknight pasta dish. And yes, it's with linguine - my favourite pasta. I used Chinese spinach simply because it was wilting in the fridge. I bought it last weekend because I wanted to cook it with sambal belacan (spicy shrimp paste), but later realised I was missing some ingredients to make sambal belacan! How I wish I live near Chinatown now...

So here's my vegetarian pasta dish. Spinach happens to be one of the very few vegetables that I enjoy eating. The sun-dried tomatoes added a lot of wonderful flavours to the dish. I would suggest serving it with chili flakes!

Linguine with Spinach Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts2

Ingredients: Serves 3

  • 220g Linguine
  • 300g Chinese Spinach - washed, drained and tore into pieces
  • 3/4 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes - washed and drained
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) - don't worry, you won't be adding all
  • 2 tbs Fried Garlic
  • 1/2 Lemon's Juice
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts - toasted
  • 1 spoon Knorr Chicken Powder
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt


  • Soak washed sun dried tomatoes in 1 cup of EVOO for about 30 mins.
  • After soaked, remove tomatoes from EVOO and chop into tiny pieces. Place chopped sun-dried tomatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan, add spinach and cook until wilted and dry. Place this in the same mixing bowl with chopped sun dried tomatoes.
  • In a pot, cook linguine as instructed on the package. Drain.
  • Place drained linguine in the mixing bowl.
  • Add 2-3 tbs of EVOO that was used to soak the sun-dried tomatoes, fried garlic, lemon juice, chicken powder, black pepper and pine nuts. Toss to mix.
  • Add salt to taste.
Linguine with Spinach Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

I am sending this over to Katie of Thyme for Cooking who is hosting this week's Presto Pasta Night.

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45 oink oinks...:

Katherine Aucoin said...

That looks fantastic. Very simple and elegant! A great summer supper.

KennyT said...

I'd like lots of pine nuts in.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful combo! That pasta dish looks so scrumptious!



katie said...

perfect balance of summer and chinese trashy. :) (spinach + knorr)


Little Corner of Mine said...

Healthy, easy and delicious, what can we ask for more? What a lovely dish!

doggybloggy said...

looks like dinner - I like all the pine nuts - and no I am not copying what Kenny says its coincidental thats all....

Jenn said...

Simple dinner. Healthy too. Pasta is always the best for last minute meals.Looks Good!!

Heather said...

how yummy and delicious! i love the pine nuts!

The Duo Dishes said...

Great pictures. The nutty, buttery flavor of pine nuts is so great on pasta.

Bunny said...

Oh my word this looks so good!! Nice and colorful to the eye and great tasting!

Emile Zola@life said...

This look really healthy and yummy.

Leslie said...

I am loving this pasta dish! I am on a big sun dried tomato kick lately!

Soma said...

Absolutely love it. sundried tomatoes & pine nuts - nothing can go wrong here:-)

Vera said...

I love everything with sun-dried tomatoes! Delicious pasta!

Bob said...

I've recently learned that I like spinach as well, I'll have to give this a try. It sounds awesome. :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Spinach Linguine Salad......with that bunch of pine nuts...fantastic!

Bits of Taste said...

This is simply delicious and beautiful combination of colours in the pasta! Love it!

Parita said...

Pasta looks so colorful and healthy

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never heard of Chinese spinach. The pasta looks like something I'd love!

Donna-FFW said...

This dish looks fantastic, love the combo of spinach and pine nuts.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow that's an flavourful pasta dish.....looks yum....

Robin Sue said...

Great combination of flavor in here! I was never a big fan of sundried tomatoes until last summer when we went to New England and every restaurant put sundried tomatoes in their salads. I was hooked after that and can't get enough of the things!

Grace said...

things i love in my pasta: SUN-DRIED TOMATOES (check), some sort of green (check), some sort of nut (check). awesome dish!

nora@ffr said...

ye pasta sound delish.. yummm!! a must make :)

Pearl said...

ooh looks like such a delicious dish!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks comforting and so delicious. Love all the goodies and different flavors in it!

Sophie said...

I love this claasic of a divine pasta dish: nearly all of my favourite flavours in 1 pasta dish!
superb cooking!

katiez said...

I love spinach and pine nuts together... Pasta makes it all better.

Natashya said...

Looks delish, I love pasta and spinach.

lisaiscooking said...

This looks delicious! I love sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Great combination.

Dimah said...

This is a wonderful combination of ingredients! looks delicious!

iRaw said...

Oh my, this looks fantastic!!

Margaret said...

Pleased to see that you eat spinach!
I love pinenuts with pasta. All looks delicious.

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious pasta - pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes are very nice here!

Wild Boar said...

Oh yeah it was good stuff. The roasted pinenuts was an awesome addition too. We had to put a fair amount of olive oil, but we kept telling ourselves it was "healthy oil".

The Food Hunter said...

This looks amazing!

Ruth Daniels said...

Very tasty looking dish. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. Hope to see many more.

Chef E said...

Noodles, Noodles, oodles of noodles for me, with all the rest...yes, I love pasta, and almost anything in it too!

pigpigscorner said...

Katherine:Yes indeed! It's very refreshing on after a hot summer day.

Kenny: Love the roasted pine nuts in there too =)

Rosa: Thank you =) It was really delicious!

Katie: hehe yea..fusion hehe?! =P

Little Corner of Mine: Don't you just love pasta, so versatile. A perfect Summer dish =)

doggybloggy: hehe I guess we all love pine nuts!

Jenn: and tasty! I always turn to pasta whenever I'm lazy.

Heather: hehe ...everyone loves pine nuts!!

Chrystal & Amir: Thank you =) Pine nuts go extremely well with pine nuts, adds so much flavour and texture!

Bunny: Thank you =)

Emile: Yes it is!

Leslie I'm always up for sun dried tomatoes =) Adds such wonderful flavours to all dishes.

Soma: I think so too =)

Vera: sun dried tomatoes do wonders isn't it =)

Bob: Spinach is actually versatile and I love cooking with it. Seems to go with anything.

Angie: yeap =) really tasty too!

Bits of Taste: Thank you =) Looks so appetising isn't it.

Parita: It's actually really healthy and delicious too!

Barbara: I am sure you can sub it with regular spinach and it will taste as delicious =)

Robin: Sun dried tomatoes have always been my favourite! I can eat it with anything =)

Grace: Thank you =) Love everything in it too!

nora: Thank you =) Hope you like it too!!

Pearl: It tastes delicious too =)

Reeni: Very simple, delicious and satisfying weekday meal =)

Sophie: Thank you!

katiez: Love that combo too! I guess I'll be pairing them more often =)

Natashya: I don;t recall having this combo before this actually. Love it!

Lisa: I think so too!

Dimah: thank you, it was really delicious =)

iRaw: Thank you =)

Margaret: Thanks =) Maybe I should just stick with spinach and ignore the other veg =P

Natasha: thank you, they are perfect together I think.

The Food Hunter: Thank you!

Ruth: Thank you =) I love PPN roundups!So many wonderful pasta dishes to drool over.

Elizabeth: Me too! Pasta is so versatile and satisfying.

Jude said...

Nice rustic recipe, with Knorr chicken powder? We used to have Knorr on stock all the time.

Kevin said...

That is a tasty looking pasta!

zoe said...

Amazing combinations here! Love the sun dried tomato and pine nut addition. Great!

pigpigscorner said...

Jude: Yes, they are sold in tins.

Kevin: It tastes delicious =)

zoe: Thank you =) Those are currently my favourite ingredients =)

Hazel said...

Looks yummy! I have been trying some vegetarian cuisine and experimenting on the taste, I found your blog specifically helpful! Thanks a lot for sharing.

Mesh said...

Sun dried spinach!? I have tried this one in one Mediterranean cruise I had before..perfect!

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