Cheap Recipe: Pasta con Spinaci (Pasta with spinach)

1 Mar


So simple and so elegant.

This post is almost too easy to call a recipe, but it’s both extremely tasty and very attractive (a double threat in the quick recipe department), so I decided it deserved a little blogospheric real estate after all.

Bring some salted water to a boil in a large pasta pot. Add 12 to 16 ounces any kind of pasta, from elbow macaroni to mostaccioli to spaghetti.

How crazy simple is this?

Regulars to this site already know my affinity for rainbow skroodles (sometimes called “garden rotini”), so of course that’s what I used, but to each his own.

Don't let them boil away to mush!

While pasta simmers, thaw a 10- to 12-ounce package of frozen, creamed spinach in the microwave. Continue microwaving until spinach is hot and steaming.

Chef’s Note: Real, honest-to-blog creamed spinach is absolutely divine in this, but if only regular chopped spinach is available at your local grocery store, it will work too–just add 3 tablespoons cream or whole milk to the hot spinach.

When pasta has reached a somewhat firm al dente state (skroodles, especially, seem to retain a good “bite” to them when cooked), remove pot from heat and drain liquid.

Immediately add 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese to hot pasta and stir until melted and evenly distributed.


Add some cheese...

Chef’s Note: The cheese will appear very stringy in the pasta, but that will disappear as soon as you add the creamed spinach, so don’t sweat it. 

Once pasta is coated with cheese, stir in the hot spinach.

Stir in some pretty greens...

Be sure to taste the pasta before adding any additional salt, as the shredded cheese may have already provided some additional sodium.


Serve immediately or refrigerate leftovers. This pasta makes a terrific bed for Sea Scallops Parmesan, Quick Saucy Meatballs or chicken breast!



3 Responses to “Cheap Recipe: Pasta con Spinaci (Pasta with spinach)”

  1. Nancy Black March 1, 2010 at 6:14 PM #

    Hi, Gracie:

    Please contact me at Thanks, Nancy Black, Dallas, TX.

  2. Kelsey Avers March 6, 2010 at 7:57 PM #

    Great recipe! I think I might just make that tonight! My name is Kelsey, and I am a journalism student at San Francisco State University that has been assigned to cover a beat on WordPress. I have chosen to focus on helping college students that are now living on their own to keep a clean, organized budget while still being able to eat well and buy (most of) the snacks and comfort foods they used to get all of the time when living at home! My blog is called “Sushi Taste on a Ramen Budget,” and I have added your blog to my blogroll! By doing this I hope that I can reach out to bloggers writing about similar topics to mine, get some feedback as well as give some in return! I look forward to getting to know you! My URL is:
    Have a great day!

  3. redforkhippie March 12, 2010 at 10:15 PM #

    Hooray! A vegetarian recipe!

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