50gfinely grated Pecorino Romano style cheesefor organic vegetarian cheese, please see notes
1egg, from organic pasture-raised hens
1tbspground black pepper
250 - 300gorganic linguine, spaghetti or other long pasta
Add the pasta to salted water with a little bit of olive oil and cook on medium to high heat until tender. Once cooked drain the pasta and let it cool for a few minutes.
While the pasta is cooking. In a medium-sized saucepan, fill the pan with spinach leaves and put the lid on until they?wilt. Occasionally turn the leaves. Add more spinach and repeat the process until all of the spinach is incorporated. Once the leaves have wilted, add the tomatoes and simmer until all the water has evaporated.
In a separate pan, add the onion with a little bit of oil and simmer slowly until they soften.
In the meantime. Add the cheeses, pepper and egg into a bowl and mixed until it comes together.
Once everything has been cooked and is ready, we're going to combine all the ingredients. You can leave everything to cool a little to make sure the egg doesn't cook too quickly and become lumpy. Add the pasta and onions to the spinach and mix together. Then add the cheese mixture to the pasta mix and stir quickly to combine all the ingredients together.
Divide between bowls and serve with a little bit of parmesan on top.
If you're unable to find the cheeses listed, this can be swapped out for what you do have in the fridge. Note that traditional Italian Parmesan and Romano cheese are not vegetarian as its made with animal rennet so you will need to look out for the vegetarian versions either online or in the supermarket. If you can only find one of the cheeses for e.g. Italian hard cheese as a vegetarian cheese, that is absolutely fine and will work perfectly if you replace with 100g of hard Italian cheese. Riverford and Able and Cole both make veggie versions of Italian cheeses.I've even used cheddar in the past, but the Italian cheeses have more flavour and wouldn't become as stringy so are much better suited for the recipe of course.?You can substitute the spinach for other veggies such as courgettes or even kale if you don't have spinach. If you are using Kale, a dash of blue cheese will go along nicely.