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Pasta With Spinach Sauce

A truly delicious way to get your greens in! Goat cheese and garlic give the blended sauce tons of flavor, and it's packed with nutrients from all the spinach. People have told me they've thrown Italian sausage into this recipe as well - which would be a great addition to add some protein.

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Pasta With Spinach Sauce

Category

Main Course pasta Side Dish

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Calories

496

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the penne and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.
  2. Mince the garlic in a food processor. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and half of the spinach leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Set the cheese and spinach mixture aside.
  3. Meanwhile, place the remaining spinach leaves in a large bowl.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Spoon the pasta atop the spinach leaves in the bowl. Scrape the cheese and spinach mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Parmesan over and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
496
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
88 grams
Protein
20 grams
Fat
7 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
Cholesterol
12 milligrams
Sodium
595 milligrams
Fiber
5 grams
Sugar
4 grams
Unsaturated Fat
2 grams
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