Meatless Monday: Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce

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As soon as I was getting ready for warmer weather by putting away my heavy sweaters and cutting eight inches off of my hair, we are hit with another winter storm to remind us that it is not…yet…over. A mix of overeagerness and optimism on my part you’d say. Clearly I didn’t get the memo, but that’s alright, back to drinking my weight in hot chocolate.

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This pasta with creamy alfredo sauce is a wonderful comfort food for this time of the year when it is slowly but not so surely warming up. I love dishes in which everything winds up in a big skillet together; in this case, fresh spinach leaves and artichokes are sautéed with garlic and then combined with linguine in a nice creamy sauce. It only takes about thirty minutes to make from start to finish, which makes it a great weeknight meal. The less dishes I have to do and the faster I can secure a spot on the couch with my bowl of pasta, the better it is!

Sometimes, I go all out and use an entire cup of heavy cream for the sauce (which is what this recipe calls for), but to keep things on the lighter side this time, I used half cup of 2% milk and half cup of heavy cream.  And because milk doesn’t thicken as much as cream does – resulting in a thinner sauce – I didn’t need to use the reserved pasta water in the end.  Either way, it’s a delicious and satisfying.

IMG_1286James gave this alfredo sauce two thumbs up and said it’s been one of the best pasta dishes he has eaten in a while (*giving myself a pat on the back*).  I almost didn’t want to tell him how easy it was to make.  Next time, I think I’ll try it with whole wheat pasta and maybe add some mushrooms to the dish.

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Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

1 lb dried pasta
2 tbsps unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
12 oz frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain in a colander, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, taking care not to let the garlic burn.

Add spinach leaves and artichoke hearts to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add heavy cream and bring to a boil. Stir in cheese and cook until sauce has reduced slightly.

Add cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to combine thoroughly. Add reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce, 1/4 cup at the time, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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Comments

  1. Darlene says:

    I made this pasta last night and my husband LOVED it! He kept eating and didn’t even realize there wasn’t any meat in it. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Glad to hear that you and your husband liked it!

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