November 30, 2009
Creamy Spinach Noodles
Last week when Jamison was in class Alexis wanted noodles. I had my mouth all set for a really basic egg noodle with butter and chopped parsley when I realized I was out of butter. Not wanting to venture out in the cold, dark, rainy night I decided there had to be something I had on hand that while not exactly what I wanted, would fit the bill and this dish came in to being.
Was it good? Yes! Was it even better that what I orgionally planned? You betcha! I was really pleased with the outcome. With a few simple ingredients you have a really great, hearty, comforting pasta dish that comes together in no time. And the left overs? Well the leftovers were even better the next day. This will definitely be seen again at my house.
Oh and be sure and stop over at the Greenists today and see my post about making your own holiday gifts!
Now let's talk a little pasta!
What You'll Need:
1/2 of a large bag of egg noodles, cooked according to package directions
Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 a red onion, chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bag of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup of fat free half and half (Note: Regular half and half or heavy cream would work as well.)
Cook noodles, drain and set aside.
While noodles are cooking saute onion and garlic until onions with a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper until they are tender. Stir in spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes to heat through. Add cheese and half and half and stir until cheese has melted. Pour spinach mixture over noodles and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
How easy what that?
Notes: You could use any type of onion, scallion, shallot, etc. You could also add other vegetables if desired.
Posted by Dianne at November 30, 2009 10:29 AM
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Looks and sounds great! My children, in particular my daughter loves spinach. I'm thinking some freshly grated nutmeg would be delish in it too.
Posted by: ingrid at December 2, 2009 1:08 PM
Alexis loves spinach, but only raw for the most part. She'll eat it steamed, but only if I stay on her constantly about finishing it. Jamison wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole though! LOL
Posted by: Dianne at December 2, 2009 3:58 PM
Hey, Dianne! It was as yummy as I thought it would be. I sauted chicken to add to it and doubled everything to make a one, er two pot meal. :)Thanks!
Posted by: ingrid at December 7, 2009 10:48 PM
Chicken sounds like a really good addition. I thought shrimp might be good too!
Posted by: Dianne at December 8, 2009 10:54 AM