Creamy Spinach Penne

This creamy spinach penne is easy to make and is a real crowd pleaser.

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Creamy Spinach Penne

This creamy spinach penne is easy to make and is a real crowd pleaser.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 168 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender (or stick mixer)
  • Large saucepan/ pot

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces spinach leaves (340g) (washed with stems removed)
  • 12 ounces penne pasta (340g)
  • 12 ounces roasted red peppers (340g) (from a jar is fine, or make your own!)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (can use low fat)
  • ¼ cup milk (can use low fat)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt (less, if preferred)
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the spinach into boiling water and cook for one minute.
  • Remove spinach from water, saving boiling water to cook pasta.
  • Rinse the spinach with cold water and drain.
  • Chop the spinach and set aside.
  • Return the water to a boil, add salt & penne pasta.
  • Cook pasta for 10 minutes or until 'al dente'.
  • Drain pasta.
  • In a blender mix the garlic, spinach, cottage cheese, and milk.
  • Blend ingredients until will mixed and a creamy consistency (approximately 1 minute).
  • In your saucepan/ pot, combine the cooked penne pasta, roasted red peppers, parmesan cheese, and seasoning.
  • Stir together.
  • Pour creamy sauce over pasta then stir through.
  • Serve onto plates or into bowls.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley or a quartered cherry tomato.

Notes

I love this recipe! All the family will love the cheesy pasta, but you will feel better knowing they're getting some vegetables with dinner. Everybody wins!
Keyword penne, spinach penne

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