I give you a pasta dish.
Traditionally we like it with pasta such as rotelle (wagon wheels), farfalle (bow-ties) or orecchiette (little ears). The velvety sauce clings to the nooks and crannies of the pasta creating a luscious mouthfeel. Here I used bucatini noodles for two reasons: 1. they are hard to find and I have some in my pantry, and 2. I was curious how the sauce would react.
A bit of cookery on a hot hot Friday!
I do think I prefer pasta shapes, but our noodles were still delicious.
and NH's bowl.
The spinach sauce is a wonderful recipe; it's healthy and flavorful, and if you get the texture right can seem like a creamy decadent sauce without all the fat. If you are not big on spinach but interested in its vitamins, this may be right up your alley.
1 lb frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of all water
3 Tablespoons onion, chopped
olive oil cooking spray
low sodium chicken broth to taste (1-3 cups)
1 cup part-skim ricotta
salt to tast
1 lb pasta, preferably shapes
Optional garnish suggestions: parmesan cheese, diced tomato, roasted or fresh corn
Spray a pan lightly with olive oil cooking spray and saute the onion without browning for a few minutes. Add the spinach and some chicken broth and cook until tender. Transfer to a food processor, add the ricotta and puree until smooth. Add chicken broth to create the preferred consistency. More chicken broth will create a smoother more liquid sauce that clings to pasta shapes.
Boil pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Add the sauce to the pot and stir to combine. Garnish as desired, and serve immediately.
After taking pictures our plates had cooled a bit, but since it was still hot a warm bowl was more welcome than a hot one.
This sauce batch did not have the velvety texture I prefer; I should have added more chicken broth- I'm still working on personally perfecting the recipe, it's a work in progress :-). Someday I'll get it just like Mom's.
On the plus side, this consistency works better as a pizza topping. Plans for one with the leftover sauce are in the works next week....