About this recipe: This lovely pasta dish is very quick to cook, perfect for a meatfree midweek meal. It tastes great hot as well as cold as a pasta salad. To save time, you can use pre-washed spinach.
Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.
I just made this for my dinner and it was great I adapted the recipe slightly due to not having any parmesan - I used Halloumi which worked great for me although you need to remember there is no need for salt at the seasoning stage if using this cheese! Also, I used far less than even half of the oil and balsamic at the final stage - approximately 3tsp oil and 2tsp balsamic. I will make again and even try it with parmesan next time Thanks Anna Lezlee - 24 Oct 2010
I tweeked this recipe a little which left me with the most fantastic meal I have had in a long while. I didn't use seasoning or the balsamic vinegar but I used wholewheat penne pasta and I added a sweet pointed red pepper and spring onions, and as my son is against most forms of veg I made him Mac cheese but before I added the cheese I kept some white sauce back and added it to this recipe, with a sprinkle of oregano, basil and coriander leaf it was beautiful.....to the point I went back for more only to discover my other half had finished it off....now I will live in a deep seated depression forever...next time I will take a pic. There will most definitely be a next time!! - 23 Apr 2015