Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Copycat Noodles and Company Pasta Fresca Recipe

Friday, March 16, 2012

Copycat Noodles and Company Pasta Fresca Recipe

My daughter and I love Noodles and Company. Pasta Fresca is my absolute favorite thing to get there! This dish turned out amazing! The flavor was almost spot on and it got better with every bite. I'm not even sure I will ever have to go to Noodles and Company again. I did not add meat, but grilled chicken or shrimp would be a great addition!

I am so glad I came across this recipe and I hope you love it as much as we did!





Copycat Pasta Fresca (click here to print recipe)

What you need:

Sauce mixture:
1/4 c. olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. white wine
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper

Saute ingredients:
12 oz. penne pasta, cooked al dente, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. red onion, thickly sliced
6 Kumato tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges (could also use campari or roma)
2 oz. spinach, torn into smaller pieces
shredded parmesan

Parmesan Crusted Chicken, optional

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together sauce mixture ingredients and set aside. 

In a large skillet, saute garlic in olive oil for a couple minutes and then add the red onion and continue to saute for a few more minutes. Add the pasta, and your meat of choice, if you decide to add, and saute for about another 5 minutes until the pasta starts to lightly brown.

Add the spinach, tomatoes, sauce mixture and salt and pepper as needed, sauteing for up to 5 minutes or until spinach starts to wilt. 

Remove from heat, and sprinkle with shredded parmesan!

This recipe was shared at these blogs: This Gal Cooks, Flour Me with LoveMemories by the MileInside BruCrew LifeKathe with an EFeeding BigLove Bakes Good Cakes, A Dash of SanityThe Best Blog RecipesThe Country Cook

23 comments:

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    1. Thanks!! I can't believe how good it turned out! YUM! :)

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  2. Mmmmm, I love pasta! Yours looks divine! I've seen those tomatoes the last couple weeks too, and have wanted to try them! I love the color. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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    1. Pasta is a favorite here too! The color of these tomatoes are fabulous! Thanks so much for hosting!!

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  3. Recipes like this one make me think of summer! I can't wait to try it. We'd love for you to link this to our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/03/recipe-round-up-8.html

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    1. Me too! I love fresh pasta recipes like this one! Looks like I missed the linky, but I will try to link up next week! Thanks!!

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  4. Yum! This is a perfect sort of dish for these warmer temperatures. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Your welcome! This is a great one!

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  5. wow!!Pasta is my favourite & now you are making me mouthwater!!!
    This look so delicious....Thanks a lot for linking with Midweek Fiesta..

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    1. Pasta is my favorite too! I crave it all the time :)

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. What white wine did you use? I don't drink, and so I am a little LOST when it comes to what to buy. Should I buy cooking white wine? Or regular

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    1. I used some leftover Riesling I had in the fridge, but white cooking wine would work well too!

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  8. I am craving pasta now! Must. make. this!!! I really love your blog too!!
    xxx,
    Kat
    www.agirlandherfood.com

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  9. Wow! I have never even heard of a kumato before! This looks wonderful. Glad I found it through Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Thank you!! Kumatos are so good! Glad you stopped by!!

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  10. I tried this today as I really loved the Noodles & Company pasta like you, and it came out really well !! Thanks for posting the recipe :-)

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  12. what kind of meat would I add ???

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    1. You could add some grilled or sauteed chicken, or shrimp!

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  13. oh! This looks delicious!! Here from Eat. Create. Party.

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