In the spirit of changing things up, here is a great recipe for you guys. This was a delicious one that was served up by Ella, one of my STINT teammates from this last year. So give it a try, enjoy and dream of being in Italy as you eat it... or at least, I will.
1/2 C Pine Nuts (ok... I think you can use 1/3 or even 1/4 C here instead of the 1/2.. b/c they are *expensive*!)
1/2 C Raisins
1/2 C boiling water
1/2 C Olive Oil
6 cloves Garlic, minced
10 oz. Spinach, torn up into pieces
1 lb. Farfalle (bowtie pasta)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 C Parmesan cheese
1/4 lb. Prosciutto Crudo, torn/cut up into small pieces (Italian meat, essentially dry-cured ham)
Toast the Pine Nuts in a little skillet with a little olive oil... then set them off to the side.
In a small pot, bring the 1/2 C water to a boil... then add the raisins. Let them "cook" in the boiling water for about 10 minutes (they will plump up a little) and then drain them.
Take the 6 cloves of minced garlic and add to the 1/2 C Olive Oil. Let it warm up a little in a large skillet/pot... Add the torn-up Spinach pieces. Let it wilt for about 2 minutes and then turn the heat off. You can even set the skillet to the side if you're working on electric & your burner is still blazin.
Boil water & salt it for your Farfalle---- cook till al dente :) ---
Drain your Farfalle and add the Oil/Spinach mixture to it. Add the raisins and the cut-up Prosciutto, the Parmesan, the pine nuts & the salt & pepper...
And I think you're ready to go!
And hey- if you don't wanna stir the pine nuts all into the whole pot-- You could wait till the end and sprinkle them on top.