The feeling that Spring is upon us is enough to make you want to celebrate. My celebrations mostly tend to include a savory yet light meal topped of with a cocktail, which ends up being wine. So, let’s get back to the Spring part! When I ponder about whether Spring will come on time this year or not, I am quickly reminded about my favorite color. Green! Whether it being a rich olive green that reminds me of my favorite Sevillano green olives with seeds or a rich earthy green that reminds me of spinach and the forest. Either way Spring is special and the sun it brings energizes your mind and heart.
Spinach & Chive Linguine. Thanks to Trader Joe’s for selling the most delicious assortments of pastas, and the spinach and chive is one of them. You will find this tasty pasta in the aisle, alongside some other tempting combinations as well. Of course, I would love fresh pasta. Oh my goodness, talk about a fresh egg pasta that is a ‘close your eyes and dream quickly’ type of pasta! Yet sometimes this mama right here doesn’t have the time to create everything from scratch and thankfully TJ’s has me covered for the preparation of this quick meal.
Spinach & Chive Linguine + Mushroom Garlic Butter Sauce
1 package of trader joe’s spinach and chive linguine
1 package of crimini mushrooms, cleaned, chopped and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons of grass-fed butter, salted
fresh ground black pepper
parsley, fresh finely chopped or dried
Heat skillet medium-high and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil then mushrooms. Sprinkle with sea salt. Add mushrooms and mix. Add freshly ground black pepper.
In a large pot, bring water to a boil for pasta. Once the water is at a rolling bowl, add pasta. Cook pasta as the directions on the package state.
Turn your skillet down to medium and add butter. Add salt for taste. Add parsley and remaining olive oil to skillet. Remove skillet from heat. Stir sauce until mushrooms are full immersed.
Toss noodles. In a large pasta bowl add noodles. Top with mushrooms and garlic, then spoon butter sauce over mushrooms and pasta.
Garnish with parsley and serve.
Adding a freshly grated hard parmesan cheese would change the whole vibe of this dish.
Squeezing fresh lemon juice with bring out different flavors and creaminess in the sauce.
This dish is delicious with or without garlic
Baby bella or portobello mushrooms can be used if crimini is not available.
Mushrooms have it going on! I mean, they can replace your meat, your protein and you will still be satisfied. Not to mention there isn’t any lengthy times in preparing or cooking the mushrooms either. Now, I know there are endless varieties of mushrooms yet we are going to focus on the crimini mushroom (pretty much the same as a baby bella or portobello mushroom) for this dish. I promise you that this small, brown, and round mushroom packs a meaty yet earthy taste. It is guaranteed to satisfy your yearning for warmth, just like if the sun rays were shining down on your face. This pasta dish leaves so much room for versatility that is sure to please anyone, so why not try it?
This is super easy, really quick and not a lot of preparation involved. As we wait for spring, we will eat all the earth provides. Let’s be mindful of all the great things this winter has given yet it’s the is near to depart.