Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This first attracted me as it looked delicious and then when I saw how cheap Budget Bytes said it was, I was sold.

Only one issue, I don’t know where she is shopping but everything cost way more than what she said. I mean 1 onion for 25¢? 2 lbs of penne pasta for 89¢? 2 oz cream cheese for 48¢? Really?

Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 9 oz of fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Basil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 lb of Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While waiting for the pasta, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with olive oil on medium heat until softened and transparent.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some pepper to the skillet of onion and garlic.
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce.
  5. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has melted in and the sauce is creamy.
  6. Add half the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until melted in.
  7. Add remainder of the parmesan and whisk until melted in again.
  8. Add the spinach and gently stir it in, until it has wilted (about 3-5 mins).
  9. Add the pasta and stir until coated in the creamy sauce.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was okay. Not bad but not anything I look forward to making again.

For more pasta dishes, go to Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

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Spanakopita Penne Bake

I found this recipe in an old Good Housekeeping magazine. I’ve never had spanakopita but have heard it is good and wanted to try out this variant.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Penne
  • 2 10-oz Boxes of Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1 Cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Loosely Packed Dill, Chopped
  • 15-oz Part-Skim Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp. of Salt
  • 8-oz Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Directions:

  1. Cook penne for half the time said on the box; adding the spinach.
  2. When draining, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta/spinach water.
  3. Combine feta, dill, cottage cheese, & salt in a bowl.
  4. Add penne, spinach, and the 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Spread evenly in a 3 quart baking dish. Top with the Mozzarella Cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 mins.
  7. Uncover and bake for 10 mins.
  8. Serve.

Thoughts after cooking:

I thought it was absolutely delicious.

I couldn’t stop eating it.

For more casseroles, go to Too Easy Hotdish

For more recipes from Good Housekeeping, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more recipes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was on my break and flipping through the magazine Cooking Light when I found this recipe. I found a lot more that sound incredibly tasty, so those will be coming in the future.

This recipe is supposed to be healthy and isn’t too expensive, the only thing being the prosciutto. But the way to get around that is to just go to the deli and have the amount needed cut for you instead of buying an expensive package.

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Ingredients:

  • 8-oz of Uncooked Whole-Grain Penne or Rotini
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Ounce of thinly prepared Prosciutto, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Cup of chopped Red Onion
  • 8 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 3 Cups of Multicolored Cherry Tomatoes, Halved (If you can find them.)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt (I used regular)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup of Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 2-oz (1/2 Cup) of Asiago Cheese, Grated and divided

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add prosciutto; cook for three minutes or until crisp.
  4. Remove prosciutto from pan.
  5. Add onion, garlic, and pepper; sauté 4 mins.
  6. Add zucchini, cook 1 min.
  7. Add tomatoes and salt, cook 3 mins.
  8. Stir in pasta and vinegar; cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Remove pan from heat; stir in parsley and one ounce of the cheese.
  10. Divide the pasta mixture among four bowls; top with prosciutto and remaining ounce of cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I can never find multicolored cherry tomatoes anywhere when a recipe calls for them. Can you believe that?

seriously

So this was absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend making it.

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For more pasta salad, go to Simple Pasta Salad

For more low calorie dishes, go to Ratatouille

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