Monday, April 26, 2010

Green Comfort Pasta

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes.  Of course it's one of those things that takes a while to cook, and then takes about 5 minutes to eat.  But it's so worth it.  And the leftovers take no time!
So that's all I have to say about it - it's deliciously cheesy, creamy, and full of nutritious spinach!  (I bought mine at the Farmer's Market so it supports the local farmers as well.)  Oh and if you haven't tried gemelli pasta, please do!  It's such a fun shape and holds onto sauces really well.

Note: After posting this recipe, and looking through my archives, I realized that I had already made this and posted about it!  There were slight changes.  This version has a lot more detail.  And this is one of those recipes that will be different every time you make it.  I just thought it was amusing.  It really proves that this is one of my favorites.

Recipe: Creamy Spinach Pasta
2 tbsp butter
10 oz fresh spinach, removed from stems and torn into pieces
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp half and half
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 wedges light garlic and herb laughing cow cheese
4 oz gemelli pasta
freshly grated parmesan cheese
freshly grated black pepper
Everyday Seasoning (from Trader Joe's)

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add spinach and cook until wilted.  Add flour and cook for a few minutes.  Slowly stir in the milk, cook until it thickens a bit.  Stir in the half and half and the garlic.  Mash in the laughing cow wedges.
Meanwhile, boil the water for the pasta and cook until al dente.
Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to coat.  Add pasta water as needed to thin out the sauce.
Stir in freshly grated pepper and your favorite pasta seasoning.
Grate some good parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

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