Creamy Spinach Pasta with Macaroni – Blog Hop 6
If you have read my first few posts (Focaccia, Spaghetti & Eggless Tiramisu), you would know that Italian is a favorite with both of us & invariably we end up having it on all our special occasions. This time again for V’s bday, we circumvented to making Italian at home – we started with no Italian this time, to Italian again this time. Such is the love, what can we say!
I chose Creamy Spinach Pasta from Vidhya of Vidhya’s Goodeats for the special dinner. She is my blog hop partner this Wednesday. She has some very interesting & good recipes from World Cuisine on her blog. It was tough to decide what to make. V is partial towards pasta so I chose that & spinach I’ve never used in pasta before so it was going to be a novel experience. I didn’t change the recipe much except omitting eggs & garlic & using dry basil in place of fresh ones. I halved the recipe & used macaroni as I’d a packet at home.
Spinach Cream Pasta
|180||grams of penne or any other pasta of your choice|
|1||tablespoon of olive oil|
|¼||cup of chopped onion|
|½||bunch of fresh spinach, chopped|
|½||small tomato, cubed|
|½||tablespoon of dried basil (use fresh if available)|
|2||tablespoons of cheese|
|½||cup of heavy cream|
|optional||pepper and chilli flakes|
|1.||Cook pasta as per instructions on your package.|
|2.||Sauté onions in olive oil till golden brown.|
|3.||Stir in spinach, tomato, basil, chilli flakes, salt & pepper. Cook for another 5-8 mins, stirring occasionally.|
|4.||Add cream & cheese. Allow the gravy to come to a boil.|
|5.||On low flame, add pasta. Mix well. Cook for 4-5 mins till uniformly heated. Serve hot with garlic toast.|
Most delicious pasta ever made. Spinach Cream Penne is a crowd pleaser.
You can even use this cheese sauce if you do not want to make it heavy with cream.
Usually I make pasta in red sauce or white sauce, this is the first time I made using cream & spinach. It was a wonderful & fork licking dish. Pasta won hands down. Everyone loved the pasta & V also said that this is the best pasta I ever made. Thank you Vidhya for such a wonderful treat.