Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Penne with Spinach Sauce

This recipe from Giada DeLaurentiis is an old standby for me. I love spinach, garlic and goat cheese so this is heaven! I always serve this with chicken grilled with salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and I ALWAYS use more cheese than what is called for. Oh, and a funny little tidbit- as my pasta was cooking, I noticed a suspiciously similar recipe on the box!

Penne with Spinach Sauce
1 lb. whole wheat penne pasta

5 oz. fresh spinach
3 garlic cloves
2 oz. goat cheese
1 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
2 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

Boil pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile mince garlic in food processor. Add goat cheese, cream cheese, salt, pepper and 1/2 of the spinach. Pulse until smooth. Set aside. Place remaining spinach in large bowl. Spoon hot pasta over spinach and add cheese mixture. Toss to coat pasta and add 1/2c. -1 c. leftover pasta water to help consistency. Serve with fresh Parmesan on top.


Linds said...

Yum, those are some of my favorite things too- this looks delicious!

Joelen said...

I love the addition of goat cheese! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)