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La Belle Cuisine
with Spinach, Garlic,
and Olive Oil
Union Square Cafe Cookbook:
160 Favorite Recipes from
New York's Acclaimed Restaurant
by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano,
is inspired by the classic Roman aglio e olio. We’ve simply added
chopped spinach to the recipe, making it even more colorful and
While the recipe calls for linguine, it would be equally
good with spaghetti or spaghettini. Freshly grated Pecorino Romano
brings out the best in this dish.”
Serves 4 to 6
tablespoons homemade bread crumbs
(grated day-old dry bread)
1/2 teaspoons finely grated
tablespoons chopped parsley
teaspoon olive oil
teaspoon kosher salt
ground black pepper
tablespoon kosher salt
cup extra-virgin olive oil
garlic cloves, peeled and cut
into thin slivers
teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
pound spinach, stemmed, thoroughly
and coarsely chopped
cup reserved pasta cooking water
cup finely grated Pecorino Romano
1. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl and reserve.
In a large pasta pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil and add 1
tablespoon salt. Preheat the broiler.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic over a low flame.
Cook the garlic slivers until they turn a light golden brown. This
should be a slow process in which the oil becomes infused with
garlic’s fragrance. When the slivers are golden, remove them
a slotted spoon and discard. (Some cooks claim the garlic
be left in the dish. We
4. Add the red pepper flakes to the oil and cook approximately 30
seconds to impart their warmth to the oil. Toss the spinach in the
cook until limp, turning often with tongs or a kitchen fork.
pan from the heat and reserve until pasta is done.
5. Plunge the pasta into the boiling water and cook until al dente.
Just before draining the pasta, ladle 1 cup of its cooking water
the spinach and oil and place the pan over moderate heat.
linguine and sprinkle the cheese directly onto the
Add the linguine
to the pan with the spinach and
oil and toss well.
Transfer the pasta to
an ovenproof serving
platter and sprinkle with
the bread crumb mix. Broil
crumbs are golden brown and
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