It's raining, it's snowing, it's cold and all you want to do is curl up on a sofa with a set of Mad Men reruns or a wonderful, satisfying book (recommended: Douglas Coupland's Generation A). Here's our recipe for a delicious, warm, comforting dish that evokes memories of a Tuscan sun, somewhere far, far away from a cold Canadian Autumn. 

 

Tuscan Inspired Linguine for a Fall/Winter Night

This pasta is inspired by Spring, a summer in Siene and several yummy dishes we've devoured at restos in Toronto & Vancouver.

1 package linguine (we used Gluten-free brown rice pasta, but any will do)
5-6 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Extra virgin olive oil (use the best you can afford, or use the Safeway brand like us)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano and basil
Half a medium onion, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
4 handfuls of baby spinach
 
Bunch of fresh basil, torn into little pieces
Small box of grape tomatoes
Half cup kalamata olives
Feta cheese to crumble on top (use goat feta if you have a dairy allergy)

 

Cook linguine according to package instructions.

In a heavy fry pan, heat olive oil (2-3 tablespoons) on low heat. Add the garlic and saute slowly for about 5 minutes until soft and starting to brown. Next sprinkle in some Italian seasoning or half a teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil, and add 3 or 4 leaves of fresh basil, torn into small pieces. Cook for 1 minute, increase heat to medium and add the onions, sauteing until soft and brown. Mix in the chopped roma tomatoes, add a couple more tablespoons of olive oil and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Now the final few steps! Throw in the grape tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the spinach until it's soft and wilted, about 2 minutes. Have a taste and season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix it all up, add the olives and mix the sauce with the linguine. Add the rest of the fresh basil, stir in the crumbled feta cheese, add a drizzle or two of olive oil, a few more turns of fresh ground pepper, and voila!

A yummy dish, perfect for a night in, or a special meal with your favourite girl or boyfriend.