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Apr 192010
 
spinach pasta

Spinut – spinach and nuts ! A name coined by my most enthusiastic fan, my 10 year old daughter.  She always takes a second helping of this dish . And I am glad because having a recipe for wholesome, nutritious weeknight meal that is ready in 20 minutes is like having a magic wand to cook. But I am serious. You don’t need a whole lot of ingredients to make a nourishing meal from scratch. And I will not suggest turning to factory produced sauces for pasta nights. We don’t need all the preservatives and high levels of sodium and all those listed and unlisted chemicals from these bottles. This is a recipe that you can modify as you go. Interchange ingredients, use any other cheese, add some kick with chilies , do whatever makes you happy.

(serves 4)

Plan:

  • 8 oz  Spaghetti Pasta or any other pasta of your choice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups  firmly packed (washed and chopped) spinach
  • 2 Tbs mascarpone cheese
  • 4 Tbs pine nuts
  • ½ tsp dry oregano
  • ½ tsp dry parsley
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbs parmesan cheese (optional)

Procedure :

  1. Cook the pasta in water for 8 – 10 minutes or until al dente.
  2. Drain the pasta when cooked.
  3. In a non stick pan, put the mascarpone cheese and heat it up on medium heat.
  4. Add the garlic and the pine nuts and cook until slightly roasted.
  5. Add the spinach. Mix well, and cook for 2- 3 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Season with salt, add the oregano, parsley and pepper powder
  7. Add in the pasta. Cook for a minute, stirring until everything mixes well
  8. Serve with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top

I like to serve  baked asparagus as a side dish for this pasta. And sometimes I even add a few shrimp.

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  4 Responses to “Spinut Pasta!”

Comments (4)
  1. Loved the new look of Spice Roots! :)

    We like pine nuts. Do u toast them before adding to the pasta or add it as it is? If mascarpone cheese is unavailable, which other cheese will suit this recipe? We have a spinach hater at home :P who loves pasta…will try this way of making spinach lovable. Thanks for the recipe.

    Loved the name ur daughter has coined for the pasta. :)

     
    • Priti, I usually roast them in the pan, but you can roast it in the oven for a toasted taste.
      If Mascarpone cheese is not available you can substitute with cream cheese mixed with heavy cream. (Use a little heavy cream to smooth out the cream cheese)and yes.. add a little butter to the pan.
      Mascarpone should be available at Trader joe’s or king soopers or Safeway or whole foods.

       
  2. My daughter liked spinach after she ate this dish. she would not go near a spinach dish till then. Its lovely that your son likes spinach.

    The use of mascarpone cheese in this dish gives a very buttery flavor and nuts add the crunch.

     
  3. what a coincident, my son loves spinach too..and he always takes 2nd helping for whatever I make with spinach..I make something very similar to your dish but instead of cheeze I use Vodka sauce and instead of nuts I use grilled chicken..rest is as u do..thanks for posting the variation..and giving me an idea for 2moro’s school lunch..

     

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