Pasta with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Burrata

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I bought some wonderful fresh Burrata cheese at the grocery store the other day (right at my regular Kroger store, not at a specialty market!).  I had a couple of recipes in mind when I bought it, but when I found it in my fridge I had gone through all my freshly purchased tomatoes.  It was a rainy and gray day outside, so I had no intention of running out to the store.  I have made a similar pasta with chickpeas and spinach before, so I thought incorporating it into this nice lemony recipe would work out well.  It is a quick dish and the lemon and creamy Burrata really pair well together with the other elements.

Serves 4. Takes 20-30 minutes.

Ingredients

One container of fresh Burrata cheese (A good ricotta cheese or fresh mozzarella could be substituted instead)

One bag of pasta- I used trofie pasta but any small twisted shaped pasta would do

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup olive oil

2-3 large handfuls spinach, roughly chopped

1/2 can chickpeas (15 ounce) drained and rinsed

One handful of toasted nuts- I used pine nuts but almonds would work as well

1 lemon: juice the lemon and set aside juice.  Zest the outside of the lemon and set aside zest.

1 pinch each: salt, pepper, crushed red pepper

Directions

Place a large pot of water to boil.  Cook your pasta until al dente and then drain and rinse in cold water and set aside until later.

On medium heat skillet, Melt butter and add the olive oil.  When heated, add garlic and cook for about one minute, until turning golden.  At this point, add your spinach and chickpeas to the pan. Mix and cook down for 2-3 minutes.

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After your spinach has wilted down, add lemon zest, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and your toasted nuts.  Stir and let cook for another minute. Now get your pasta and add it into the pan.  Coat the pasta with sauce and let sit on low heat.  Add your lemon juice to the pan and mix all together, letting cook for a minute or two.

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Ready to plate and eat!  Just throw a few dollops of that beautiful Burrata on top and stir it up as you go!

** This was adapted from a recipe on Epicurious:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/campanelle-pasta-with-burrata-cheese-spinach-lemon-and-toasted-almonds-231293

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