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 Macaroni Pasta

Spinach Macaroni Pasta

200 grams of pasta bowl Conversion Chart Print

Spinach Cream Pasta

Ingredients

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
salt to taste
optional pepper and chilli flakes

Preparation

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.

Notes

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.