This is a fantastic dinner if you are in a pinch for time, or the cupboard is getting bare. I always have pasta, oil and cheese on hand, and it has saved me from running out to the supermarket for supplies many-a-time!
I used bok choy in this particular version as that is what was left of my stock of veggies, but spinach, chard or even peas would work just as well.
I also love this if I have a late night food craving. It is ready in 15 minutes from start to finish, and quicker than ordering pizza or Chinese, (not to mention, way less expensive).
There is still another good reason to have this dish in your arsenal. If you have friends over, and spontaneously invite them to dinner (because you’re having too much fun), you can whip this up for a crowd while not missing a beat in the conversation.
Are you convinced?
You will need: 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped, 2 heads baby bok choy, white parts finely diced, green parts roughly chopped, 1 tsp cayenne pepper flakes, 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1 cup veggie or chicken broth, 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. 3/4 lb spaghetti pasta (I use Barilla brand). Sea-salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
1 – Put pot of water on for spaghetti and cook according to instructions, reserving about a 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.
* Time the pasta to be ready when the pasta sauce is ready. It will take about 12 to 14 minutes for this step, so keep that in mind as you go*
2 – When pasta water is on, start with the rest of the dish. Put big pan on medium heat and add oil. When it warms, add the garlic and cook for about 20 seconds before adding the diced white stems of the bok choy. Cook for about 5 minutes before adding the green parts of the bok choy. Cook for another 2 or so minutes.
3 – Add the broth and cayenne pepper flakes and bring to a boil. Turn off pan and taste for addition of sea-salt and cracked black pepper. Immediately add drained pasta to pan, along with some pasta water if the spaghetti needs to be loosened up. Stir in the cheese and serve immediately.
Add more cheese if you like. This can also be topped with a soft fried egg or cooked streaky bacon.