Friday, September 25, 2009

Spinach Alfredo

I made this kinda just off the cuff tonight, and it turned out wonderfully! Don't you love cooking surprises?


1 handful uncooked linguine
6 c. water
1 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 minced garlic clove
1 tsp. basil
1/2 c. warmed milk
1 tsp. black pepper
1 wedge laughing cow cheese (or 1 tbsp. cream cheese)
2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 c. fresh spinach
1 tsp. red pepper flakes


Bring water and 2 tbsp. olive oil to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, melt butter and rest of olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and basil. Add warmed milk a bring to a low simmer. Mix in black pepper, laughing cow cheese (or cream cheese), Parmesan cheese, and simmer until smooth. Add fresh spinach and wilt. Keep on medium-low heat, and uncovered.

Drain pasta moderately, but not until dry (you want some of the starchy water to mix in with the pasta sauce). Mix cooked pasta into sauce (in saute pan). Bring heat to low and cover for 5 minutes.

Serve with red pepper flakes on top, and enjoy!

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