You may think I am referring to the spinach, but really our newest “ingredient” is Kate Grimaldi. Standing just 5 feet tall, don’t let her small size fool you! University of Michigan student-athlete, she is a dynamo in more ways than one. Majoring in Communications, her plan is to help me get the word out about our new BonaChia™ Pasta. To top things off,  she is 50% Italian and can never get enough pasta! The absolute perfect intern!

To demonstrate how simple it is to get a healthy pasta dish on the table in 3 minutes, here is what I cooked up for her.  She says that this style of cooking is going to change the lives of her teammates. That’s what I love….changing lives!

BonaChia™ Pasta for One

Yield: 1 serving


Handful of Al Dente® BonaChia Pasta (1/4 bag).

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Handful of baby spinach (pre-washed, rough chopped)

1 roasted red pepper from a jar (chopped)

Handful of chopped walnuts

¼ teaspoon coarse salt (do not use fine table salt)


1. In a beautiful bowl, start with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add rough chopped spinach, chopped red pepper, toasted walnuts, and minced garlic. Toss.

2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta.

3. Using a small ladle, scoop out 1/4 cup of the pasta water and add to the spinach bowl. Toss.

4. Drain pasta, add to the spinach bowl, and toss all together. Add a little cracked pepper for some flavor and bon appetite!

This recipe doesn’t require any cooking other than boiling water! If you like garlic, then a teeny bit of minced garlic is a great addition. Be sure to check out our other 3 in 3 recipes: Three Ingredients in just 3 minutes!

For the record, Kate ate it all and loved every bite!


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