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Creamy Spinach Penne

Creamy Spinach Penne recipe
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A vibrant sauce made with spinach and roasted peppers gets its creaminess from cottage cheese in this better-for-you option.
15 min
27 min
6 servings
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I used bagged spinach for this ... I only used half the bag and thought it was easily enough spinach for 4 cups of pasta. I also used whole wheat rigatoni (I was out of penne), and any pasta works fine! When blending, I just added the red pepper into that, as I don't always prefer big chunks of stuff in my sauce. It'd be a great way to "hide" veggies from kids! Mine turned out really green, but still tasted great! I will definitely try this recipe again and maybe add some grilled chicken to it.
This recipe was good, it didnt quite have the flavor impact that I thought it would. I added some pine nuts to the mixture which was yummy, and I used small tomatoes instead of peppers. All in all I would make it again.
I saw this recipe a year or two ago, and it has become a staple. I am single, and it is easy to adjust for a smaller portion. I did make a few changes (I never follow recipes completely). I cut the spinach down to 1/2 lb (the 1st time I used full 3/4 lb., but to me the texture of the sauce is better when cut back to 1/2). I also use extra garlic, fresh basil, and a great Italian spice mix from Penzey's. Instead of milk, I usually use a little pasta seems that the sauce comes together better that way. Sometimes I sub feta for parmesan...VERY good, with a tiny bit sprinkled on top. Finally, I usually saute some shrimp in garlic and olive oil to give some protein, and sometimes sprinkle a chopped tomato on top (only if I can find a good local one in season). Very yummy. It feels like you are cheating, but it is actually good for you! One of my new comfort foods
I have made this recipe several times, and both my husband and I enjoy it. Just remember to put the lid on the blender tight - I didn't, and ended up with it in my hair, on my clothes and on the ceiling!! I have also used fresh basil in place of the dried basil, and think it gives it a little bit better flavor.
Tried it out and it looked extremely... green lol more than likely my fault. Thought it was extremely bland may try it again with seasoned chicken and see if it's better that way.
Great healthy recipe!! Mine ended up looking like eating a seaweed meal- but it was good! Even my picky kids ate it!
Delicious, and excellent lent supper
It was very good. I think it could be served as a salad.
If you like spinich you will love this! I'm not a huge fan and wasn't greatly impressed. It was very hard to blend the spinich, but it wasn't horrible.
Not very tasty and I added more garlic to bring out more flavor. I ended up adding jarred pasta sauce to this dish. I won't make it again.
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