Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spinach & Mushroom Rotini

Spinach and mushroom make for a wonderful combination. And with whole grain rotini, the taste is almost heavenly. This is one of my favourite recipes, one I created on one of those long winter evenings when I had a craving for a hearty yet healthy meal!! I am sharing this with all pasta lovers via Presto Pasta Night, hosted by the lovely Ruth.

Ingredients:
3 cups whole grain rotini
1 cup frozen spinach
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup milk
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
Parmesan cheese, shaved
1 small green pepper, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cornflour
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, freshly ground

Method:
  1. Boil the pasta as per instructions on the packet in plenty of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the garlic and stir. Next add the onions and and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add the peppers and mushrooms, stir and cover the pan and let the vegetables cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Microwave the spinach for 6 minutes on high, and add to the saucepan. Mix well with the peppers, mushrooms, and onions.
  5. In a separate bowl, blend together the stock, milk, and cornflour. Pour into the pan and stir to make a sauce with the cooked vegetables. When the liquid begins to thicken, blend in the cheeses, and season with the salt and pepper. Your spinach and mushroom pasta sauce is now ready.
  6. Now add the cooked rotini to the pasta sauce. Mix well.
Serve this deliciously creamy pasta very hot, topped with shavings of Parmesan cheese.

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11 comments:

  1. I love pasta..wil try out your version soon..Looks healthy

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  2. Love the Spinach and Mushroom Combination, nice recipe, thanks for sharing

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  3. I'm always cooking pasta so will surely give this a try:)

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  4. love the rotini pasta...looks delicious..

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  5. Looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

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  6. This does look wonderful. I'm sure it tasted fabulous.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

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  7. I have not used cream cheese in a pasta dish. wonder how it would taste. I will be testing this definitely.

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  8. Great pasta dish, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Looks so delicious and healthy!

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  10. I am a big pasta fan so thanks for the recipe, YYYYYUUUUMMYYY!!! I wanted to share this, why don't you try it with this drink called purple, I tried it but nowhere near I am sure but it's still yummm!.
    You must have heard about it since it's doing a lot of rounds in the celebrity circuit and is all over the news. Its tastes amazing with everything, try it and let me know if you liked it or not. It is a health drink which is made up of 7 fruits juice and is high on antioxidants and you know about antioxidants right? it prevents premature ageing, what else do growing women want huh, LOL!! If you want more information to check whether what I am saying is right you can get it at www.drinkpurple.com . You can get it at GNC and drug stores. Could not help sharing it!

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  11. This pasta recipe looks very nice! Spinach and mushrooms are delicious choice. Thanks for sharing!

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