Ava Grace's Closet: Things my M.I.L. Taught Me ~ Week 2
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Things my M.I.L. Taught Me ~ Week 2

My husband {who I have now mentioned twice in two days!} is big into greens.
Seriously, I can make a simple pasta and then this contorni or side dish and he is one happy guy.
My M.I.L. will make numerous side dishes for a family dinner but this one and rapini are my very favorites. And I am SO not a vegetable kind of girl.

Spinaci saltati con aglio (sauteed spinach with garlic)
Large bunch of fresh spinach (bagged is fine, fresh is best)
3-4 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese 

Clean, wash and dry spinach well. 
Place a good amount of olive oil in a non-stick pan along with sliced garlic cloves.
Warm and brown slightly.
Add spinach. It will look like a ridiculously huge amount but once cooked down, will look like a ridiculously small amount.
Saute until garlic is fully browned and spinach is completely wilted. Add kosher salt to taste.
Note: It is equally good cooked slightly less so that the leaves remain intact.
Also note: you can totally remove the garlic pieces since you don't actually eat them or leave them to add some interest to the dish.
Plate and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Sprinkle with a good parmigiano reggiano.
Buon Appetito!


  1. This is one of the staple sides in our home too!!! I'm a spinach fan!! and of course Hubby is all over this and rapini.

    Loved the photo of your husband and Ava... Wow .. she had a gorgeous head of hair from the get go!! Blessings my friend, xo HHL

  2. I am not a huge veggie person either BUT I LOVE spinach!!! I replace all lettuce w/ spinach :)

  3. This is how I always cook my spinach -- it's a chinese thing too... well, without the cheese. I will have to try the cheese part one day. My hubby love the large chunks of the garlic. :)

  4. Mmm, spinach is the best! I must try this.


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