Straightforward wins again! I’m on working day six of an eight working day operate 7 days, so that indicates two factors: I’m fatigued and I’m hungry. Fast skillet pasta dishes like this Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta are best for such an occasion. They need only a couple of elements, cook dinner up tremendous quick, and go away me emotion complete and happy! 🙂
In any case, tomorrow is Monday (again) and the 7 days will be prolonged, so I hope this recipe will help make dinner time a tiny faster, less difficult, and more pleasant for you this week! Get pleasure from!
(Photographs current 4/25/16)
Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta
This variation of Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta uses just a contact of product cheese and Parmesan to make a regular tomato sauce extremely abundant and creamy. If you’re not into cream cheese, you could also add a splash (1/four cup or so) of fifty percent and 50 percent to obtain a similar effect.
I utilized normal pasta, but total wheat would truly be pretty great in this and would include some additional fiber and vitamins to make it a far more nicely rounded food.
I was fortunate adequate to get spinach on sale for $.ninety nine for each bag (rating!), but if refreshing spinach is just out of your price tag selection, this would also be really excellent with sliced mushrooms. Just prepare dinner the mushrooms along with the onions and garlic in the starting. Or, hey, you could always do a basic creamy tomato sauce. Nothin’ incorrect with that!
See This Recipe in Motion:
Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook dinner Time: twenty mins
Total Time: twenty five mins
- one/two lb penne pasta ($.89)
- one modest onion ($.25)
- two cloves garlic ($.16)
- one Tbsp olive oil ($.sixteen)
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes ($.59)
- one/two tsp dried oregano ($.03)
- one/two tsp dried basil ($.03)
- pinch purple pepper flakes (optional) ($.02)
- one/two tsp salt ($.03)
- freshly cracked pepper to taste ($.05)
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste ($.11)
- two oz cream cheese ($.forty eight)
- one/four cup grated Parmesan ($.forty two)
- 1/two nine oz. bag refreshing spinach ($.50)
I could critically try to eat this one particular 5 evenings for every week!
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Start off by bringing a massive pot of drinking water to a boil so that the pasta can cook while you get ready the sauce. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook dinner them both in a skillet with the olive oil in excess of medium-minimal heat until finally they are gentle and clear.
Once the onions have softened, incorporate the can of diced tomatoes (with the juices), dried oregano, dried basil, pink pepper flakes, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper, then stir it all jointly.
I needed it a little “saucier” so I also additional two Tbsp of tomato paste and about one/two cup of drinking water. This is what it seemed like *after* adding the tomato paste and water.
I have to pause for a 2nd to inform you a insane story. This is the next can opener in the earlier month that has spontaneously stopped working. It operates 1 day and then the subsequent thing I know the gears suddenly don’t match up, it won’t clamp on the can appropriately, and when it finally does commence to reduce, it cuts via the aspect fairly than the top of the can. I broke a sweat opening this can of tomato paste and finally had to use a fork to pry it open up just enough to scoop some out. Weird, proper? Ideally the third can opener will be a winner.
In any case, at some stage the h2o will be boiling, so you can insert the pasta and permit that cook dinner while you finish the sauce.
Change the heat below the skillet down to low. Minimize the cream cheese into a number of chunks and then add it to the skillet with the sauce. Use a whisk to stir it in as it melts…
It will seem variety of chunky or grainy at initial, but just maintain stirring…
Eventually it will begin to melt in and get all creamy and delightful. After the product cheese is melted in, incorporate about 50 percent of the Parmesan and stir it until finally it is melted in. Incorporate the second 50 percent and stir until melted in once again.
Add the clean spinach…
And gently stir it in till it has wilted. This can get kinda messy, so stir carefully so that the spinach doesn’t fly out of the skillet.
Ultimately, insert the cooked and DRAINED pasta. You can use any form, but I like a tubular pasta the greatest since the sauce will get all up inside these holes and can make it SO excellent. My subsequent decision would have been bow-tie pasta.
Mmmmm… How can you resist this Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta?