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Mushroom and Spinach Pasta!

Hey guys and gals,
Its going to be quite a short post today [or should I say tonight] because I have a childhood friend from Singapore staying with me for a couple of weeks [whom I have not seen in 13 years. WAAAW], and I am also amidst packing/living-out-of-a-suitcase-ing/”whydoihavesomuchmakeup”-ing and generally getting myself ready for tackling more lemons that life is chucking at me, [five at a time these days, apparently.] Its only ten days til I move back to Dunedin, then i will have an entirely new kitchen [and budget] to mess around with. Heehee!
I whipped up a quick mushroom and spinach pasta, [yeah, i can do vegetarian too!], and to be really honest, it was because we forgot to put any meat out to defrost, and also we had mushrooms that were looking a bit sad, as well as a packet of pasta that was not being used [dad will not cook pasta, i can guarantee it]. So basically the reason behind this recipe is all about convenience. I hope you enjoy it!

half an onion
3-5 cloves garlic [or more if you like, of course]
1 teaspoon or two of ginger [from a bottle or whatever –OPTIONAL]
sliced mushrooms [go with your gut for how much you want]
half a packet of spinach roughly chopped [again, whatever you feel is best]
500g pasta packet [i used penne but anything will do]
half a teaspoon ground chilli [OPTIONAL]
2 tsp hot chilli sauce [or less if you don’t want it too spicy]
1 tsp sweet soy sauce [OPTIONAL – most people don’t have this lying around]
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil

Mushroom Spinach Pasta (2)

Fry the onion, garlic and ginger in a little olive oil until they have softened. Add the mushroom and keep frying for a couple of minutes. Add the spinach and a little water [if needed] until the spinach has reduced a bit.

Mushroom Spinach Pasta (4)
Add the ground chilli, chilli sauce, and sweet soy sauce [if you are using it – i know, seems very basic but sometimes less is more.] Mix thoroughly and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste

Mushroom Spinach Pasta (7) Mushroom Spinach Pasta (8)

While all this is happening, cook the pasta as instructed on the packet [I don’t have a picture for this but pasta is pretty straightforward…] until al dente. Drain and transfer the pasta into the pan.

Mushroom Spinach Pasta (9) Mushroom Spinach Pasta (10)

Mix thoroughly and taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Add the tablespoon of olive oil and mix well to coat the pasta.

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Serve and enjoy! 🙂