Pasta with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Spinach

Pasta with Mushrooms Tomatoes and Spinach -- easy to make, and tossed with a delicious white wine garlic sauce | gimmesomeoven.com

Happy Tax Day, everyone!

Well actually, as a small business owner, I’m not sure there’s really such thing as a “happy” tax day.   Yeesh.

I learned my lesson in procrastinating bookkeeping and tax stuff the hard way this year, and spent a good 80+ hours of the last month getting caught up on a year’s worth of receipts and invoices and bank statements and on and on and on.  Every spring, I vow “never again” to let myself fall behind on accounting.  And then every spring, I somehow find myself staring at piles of receipts and paperwork come tax time.  Ugh, the worst.

Anyway, once I finally plowed through and handed everything over to my accountant, I celebrated by doing two much-needed things that afternoon:

1) I hired a bookkeeping service for 2015.  (Best decision ever.)

2) And I made myself an enormous bowl of pasta.  (Best comfort food ever.)

Pasta with Mushrooms Tomatoes and Spinach -- easy to make, and tossed with a delicious white wine garlic sauce | gimmesomeoven.com

Oh man.  When life is awesome and when life gets stressful, I always seem to turn to the same thing:

CARBS.

I guess there are worse vices in life.  And hey, at least I’ve turned my cravings slightly healthier over the years, opting for more whole-wheat and grain-free carbs in life, often accompanied with a good helping of fresh veggies.  But I’m a pasta-loving girl for better and for worse.

So when it came time to celebrate after hours upon hours of going cross-eyed staring at numbers on a page, I wanted nothing more than to get in my kitchen and whip up a huge, steaming pot of pasta.

Pasta with Mushrooms Tomatoes and Spinach -- easy to make, and tossed with a delicious white wine garlic sauce | gimmesomeoven.com

I’d happened to run across a photo on Pinterest beforehand of a mushroom, tomato and spinach saute.  So I decided to follow suit and whip those up with some red onions, oodles of garlic, a nice simple white wine sauce, and my favorite whole wheat pasta.Pasta with Mushrooms Tomatoes and Spinach -- easy to make, and tossed with a delicious white wine garlic sauce | gimmesomeoven.com

And then since it was a special occasion, I toasted up a big handful of my all-time favorite “sprinkles” — pine nuts, of course.  Such a treat.

Pasta with Mushrooms Tomatoes and Spinach -- easy to make, and tossed with a delicious white wine garlic sauce | gimmesomeoven.com

Anyway, this dish is nothing fancy and won’t win any awards for uber-creativity, but man it hit the spot.  Especially when accompanied by a nice glass of malbec, and not followed by hours upon hours late into the night of bookkeeping.  :)

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.  And cheers to all of you other small business owners out there doing what you do!

Pasta with Mushrooms, Tomatoes & Spinach

This Pasta with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Spinach is made with whole-wheat pasta, tossed with a simple white wine sauce, and is ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pasta, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces of white button or baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • half a medium red onion, peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 large handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • optional toppings: 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and/or freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water according to package instructions.  Drain, once it reaches al dente.

While the pasta water is coming to a boil, melt butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Stir in mushrooms mushrooms and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Saute for 4-5 minutes until they are browned around the edges and cooked through, stirring occasionally.  Transfer mushrooms to a separate plate, and return saute pan to the heat.

Add olive oil to the pan and heat for 30 seconds, or until shimmering.  Add the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until mostly soft, stirring occasionally.  Stir in tomatoes and garlic and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper, and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add in wine, and stir to combine, being sure to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.  Add in the spinach one handful at a time, stirring it in and waiting 1 minute or so until it is slightly wilted before adding the next batch.

Once the spinach is wilted and the pasta is cooked and drained, pour the vegetable mixture in with the pasta and stir to combine.  Serve warm, garnished with optional toppings if desired.

Adapted from Eat, Drink Paleo.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Pasta with Mushrooms Tomatoes and Spinach -- easy to make, and tossed with a delicious white wine garlic sauce | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 15, 2015 @ 5:49 am (#)

    I am pretty sure that carbs cure ALL kinds of woes. And definitely tax induced ones! It was my first tax time as a blogger…
    So, yea, I NEED a big bowl of this today! ;)  Pinned!

    • Ali — April 15th, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

      In total agreement! Thanks Taylor, and I hope the taxes weren’t too painful for ya!

  2. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden — April 15, 2015 @ 6:12 am (#)

    And you know, even men need carbs when they’re stressed. Plus, you did use whole wheat pasta. I think I’d pop both the pine nuts and the Parm cheese on top. Especially before my Can-Jam tournament today (gym teacher!) 

  3. elle — April 15, 2015 @ 7:02 am (#)

    I have to make this today, so yummy!

  4. Heidi @foodiecrush — April 15, 2015 @ 7:36 am (#)

    I woke up this morning to an email from my accountant that said, “Sit down and take a deep breath.” Yep. Comfort food is in order. I remember talking to you last year around tax day and you and I were in the same boat! Here’s to 2015 taxes going smoother than the past two years. 

  5. S Lauren | Modern Granola — April 15, 2015 @ 10:01 am (#)

    Yay! Congrats on taking care of business! That always feels amazing and requires some sort of celebration. This pasta sounds like it fits the bill! Sometimes it’s the simple recipes that are most worth sharing. This looks great!

    • Ali — April 15th, 2015 @ 11:32 am

      Thanks Lauren, how you enjoy!

  6. Kara Bollinger — April 15, 2015 @ 11:34 am (#)

    The last two years, I had to do international taxes (including something called a Foreign Tax credit and plugging lots of exchange rate/conversion numbers) for living/working in Moscow. While I miss Moscow, I was VERY thankful to have only lived/worked in one country in 2014.

  7. Sam ~ it doesn't taste like chicken — April 15, 2015 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    Pasta is my go-to when I am stressed too! It always makes me feel sane again.
    The good thing is that carbs are not evil at all, as long as they are whole foods, and not um, cake, or smothered in oil, then they are super healthy! I always use whole brown rice pasta (which I think is lightyears better than whole wheat pasta). Then I dive in, guilt free!
    Omnomnom

    • Ali — April 16th, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

      In total agreement with you Sam! And brown rice pasta is great! Have you tried quinoa pasta? It’s not so bad either! : )

  8. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious — April 15, 2015 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    I don’t make any money (yet!!) as a blogger, but my fiance does a lot of freelance video work and I know how complicated his tax situation can get. Here’s to hoping it wasn’t TOO expensive for you!

  9. Carol at Wild Goose Mama — April 15, 2015 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    I know we all say it ALL the time that pasta is comfort food, but it’s TRUE. I have really been into pasta mode. I didn’t think I needed comfort, but maybe my inner self is mulling over something that my conscious is not aware of????? Ha! Well that’s fine with my tummy. Quick and easy, colorful and tasty—-hits all the high points!

    I don’t normally talk about ME, but please make note of the slight name change from Wild Goose Tea. New web design too—whoopee and am adding some new features along the way.

    • Ali — April 16th, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

      Thanks Carol! Pasta is a pretty wonderful thing, isn’t it? : D And congrats on your site makeover, it looks great!

  10. Matt @ Plating Pixels — April 15, 2015 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    Gotta love carbs. Chicken (and guilt-freeing protein) could totally go in this too. I haven’t gotten to the point yet with my blog for needing to do taxes on it. I actually look forward to that. Oh the joys of being naive 

    • Ali — April 16th, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

      Thanks Matt, and yes, and some protein would be great in this, I’m thinking chicken or shrimp next time! : )

  11. Jaime — April 15, 2015 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    Gosh this looks yummy! Great way to use up some veggies in the fridge too! I think pasta and wine is perfect on stressful days like this one.

    • Ali — April 16th, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

      Thanks Jaime, hope you enjoy!

  12. Melissa @ Bits of Umami — April 16, 2015 @ 12:41 am (#)

    I was an Econ major in college so anytime tax time comes around I feel like I have minor PTSD episodes of dollar signs, graphs with strange lines everywhere, and not having a clue on how to handle anything. I should also be much better but don’t we all love procrastinating? Why do today what you can put off doing tomorrow. 

    Anyways though….. this pasta. YESSS. It’s amazing what a bowl of carbs can cure. Pretty sure thats scientifically proven. At least that’s what I’m gonna tell myself so I can eat like 10 bowls of this. Pinned!! :)

    • Ali — April 16th, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

      Oh man is my hat off to you! And I hope you enjoy the pasta, 10 bowls and all! ; )

  13. Una — April 17, 2015 @ 1:10 am (#)

    Amazing recipe <3 you can never go wrong with good ol pasta

    x

  14. Teri — April 19, 2015 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    I made this for tonight’s dinner. Although it had flavor, I think a pound of pasta was too much for the small amount of vegetables. Next time I will use only a 1/2 pound of pasta.

  15. Liz — May 18, 2015 @ 7:31 am (#)

    Sounds good – thank you.

  16. Vanesssa — December 29, 2015 @ 9:55 pm (#)

    Made this tonight!  Loved it!  Made it with zoodles instead of pasta and added some shrimp.  Will make this again for sue!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 29th, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

      Hi Vanessa, we’re so glad you enjoyed this, and we think those zoodles and the shrimp sound like fantastic tweaks! :)

  17. kathleen — February 9, 2016 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    thanks-
    this looks really good
    and i have all the ingredients
    except pine nuts
    am allergic to nuts
    am always wanting more fat and
    protein in my diet this time of year
    :O)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2016 @ 10:37 pm

      We hope you enjoy this Kathleen! :)

  18. Carol — August 2, 2016 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    Looks amazing! Like the ones, I’ve eaten in Italy on Delectable Destinations culinary tour.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 3rd, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

      Thank you Carol — we hope you enjoy it!

  19. Brian — February 11, 2017 @ 4:26 am (#)

    We made this for dinner last night! Wonderful recipe! We felt like it needed a little kick so I threw in a handful of Crandberry/Pomegranite Craisins and gave it just enough sweet to offset a dry white wine. Thank you so much for another great dish!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 12th, 2017 @ 7:38 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, Brian — we’re so happy you enjoyed it!