Main Dish Recipes

Balsamic Pasta with Spinach and Fresh Cheese

A super quick and delicious chicken pasta with two kinds of cheese. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Bart doesn’t cook.

He knows how (and there was one glorious period in our marriage where he decided he’d make dinner once a week and I’d come home from class at UT-Austin to find dinner ready to be served (is this what his life is like? I want it!)), but he doesn’t get any sort of satisfaction out of it, so I do 99% of the cooking.

His 1% contribution is flipping the pancakes.

But he’s definitely influenced my food life, and, aside from an introduction to sushi, one of the greatest things I’ve learned from him is angel hair pasta.

I’ve never particularly cared for spaghetti and then, shortly after we got married, I made it (for the important reason that I couldn’t think of anything else to make for dinner) and while we were at the grocery store, he said “Make sure you get angel hair pasta instead of spaghetti.”

And in the last ten years, I haven’t bought regular spaghetti noodles a single time.

A super quick and delicious chicken pasta with two kinds of cheese. Perfect for busy weeknights!
Balsamic Pasta with Spinach and Fresh Cheese
(adapted from Perry’s Plate)

Serves 3-4

8 oz angel hair pasta (I use whole-wheat)
2 T balsamic vinegar
4 T olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 shredded cooked chicken breast
1 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped 1-2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup small fresh mozzarella balls (I like the smallest size)
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

Boil pasta according to package directions and drain, then return to pot and sir in the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper.

Put the chicken, spinach, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Add the pasta and stir to combine then add the cheese and toss well. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

A super quick and delicious chicken pasta with two kinds of cheese. Perfect for busy weeknights!

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  • Reply april September 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    My husband doesn't cook either – not even to grill or flip pancakes. I love to cook, and he only did it out of necessity so somehow he unlearned the few things he did know. He can make homemade mac and cheese in a pinch or through an emergency handful of chicken nuggets.

  • Reply Kristi September 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    One of Blaine's worst qualities is that he doesn't like angel hair pasta. Such a shame.

  • Reply Landen September 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Bart is a good pancake flipper! He was an inspiration while I was learning to flip pancakes! The photos are lovely!

  • Reply MommySizedHeart September 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    My husband was a bachelor for 10 years before we got married. He learned to cook. Well. And when we both worked, we'd alternated nights to cook. Now that I stay home with our daughter, he's becoming less and less likely to cook.

    Except for ground beef taco night.

    He too has really influenced my taste in food. For example, since we started dating and he cooked then for me, I have never enjoyed anybody's ground beef tacos but his. Not even my own. I feel so passionate about this that I'm not even willing to cook them if he's not home to season them and in that case, he just kicks me out of the kitchen and takes over.

    I can deal with that!

  • Reply Paige Flamm September 16, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Derek is totally the same way! Whenever I say we're having spaghetti for dinner he says, "Are we having spaghetti, or angel hair pasta? Because they'res a big difference." This looks delicious though, we'll have to try it soon! Also, your zucchini French Bread Pizzas were well received this week!

  • Reply Rachel September 17, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I really liked your other version of this, but this looks even more delicious (especially the tomatoes). And since I have a cherry tomato plant taking over my garden, this will be on the menu soon.

  • Reply Lauren September 18, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Getting my husband a blue apron box while I went out of town was probably the biggest leap he's ever taken in the kitchen. He's still proud of those meals (and that man can't make a muffin out of a boxed mix). Heck, if that's what it takes to get him in the kitchen, I'll order him another one or steal some recipes off their site. 🙂 He has upped his game to include breakfast foods and the like, but I'd love to get him in the kitchen one night a week.

  • Reply D and B's Mommy September 18, 2015 at 4:55 am

    My husband grills & thats it. He cooked when our oldest was born, kind of a disaster, but very sweet! This pasta looks awesome! I might have to make a giant batch for work next week.

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