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Pasta Fresca

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes


Make this favorite “Noodles & Co” dish at home!! Easy recipe and photographs included



Saute Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. pasta (I’d recommend mostaccoli or farfalle)
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (either fresh or roasted), minced
  • 34 roma tomatoes, diced
  • half a red onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 lb. cooked shrimp (or cooked chicken, beef, seafood, tofu, etc.) **See Note Below**
  • 1 oz. baby fresh spinach
  • freshly grated parmesan

Herb & Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients (olive oil, balsamic, white wine, parsley and salt) until well-blended.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously-salted water to a boil, and cook pasta al dente (just slightly chewy) according to package instructions.  Drain.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tsp. olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic, and saute for one minute.  Then add in the tomatoes, onion, cooked pasta and your protein (shrimp, meat, etc.) and continue sauteing for 5 minutes until the pasta just slightly begins to brown.
  4. Then add in the spinach and vinaigrette, and continue stirring and sauteing for another 3-5 minutes, until the spinach begins to wilt.
  5. Remove from heat and serve, garnished with Parmesan or feta cheese.


Inspired by Noodles & Company