Roughly chop the spinach into bite sizes. Either slice or mince the garlic. Cook pasta al dente in plenty of salted water.
When the pasta has 3 minutes left, heat olive oil in a pan. Add garlic and fry over low heat until fragrant.
When fragrant, turn the heat to medium high. Cook the spinach stem briskly, then add the leaves to stir fry.
Add the cooked pasta into the frying pan from Step 3. If the pan seems too dry, add pasta water. Turn the heat off when the pasta seems to mix well with the spinach. Season with Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
Story Behind this Recipe
I'm hooked on Parmesan cheese these days. Because I love the combination of parmesan and spinach, I tossed them into pasta. I made this with regular spinach, but try using "chijimi" spinach that's harvested during the cold seasons. Make this dish with delicious spinach!
To make sure the spinach doesn't overcook, work quickly from Step 3 onwards. I recommend you add lots of parmesan cheese and black pepper. This is a simple recipe to encourage you to make lots of different variations. How about adding mushrooms, bacon, anchovy, soft poached eggs, or nuts?