Creamy Roasted Garlic Spinach Sauce
Updated: Feb 24, 2019
Enjoy a rich tasting & textured sauce that's still healthy!
I was craving a cream style sauce for my dinner the other night, but had crushed a workout and didn't want to blow those efforts out of the water. I also wanted some greens involved, since I'd already be indulging in pasta. As long as I eat pasta that is ONLY flour and water (not enriched) and made in Italy, my body seems to handle it just fine and I don't feel bloated or overly full the way I do with domestic pastas made with enriched flour. That's my personal experience, but I highly recommend you give it a shot before writing off glorious pasta forever.
Without further ado, scroll down for the recipe and finished product! Do bear in mind I cook like an Italian (dash of this, pinch of that, etc) so measurements are approximate.
In the food processor:
1 bag (5 oz) of organic baby spinach
5 large cloves roasted garlic
1/2 cup organic vegetable stock
3/4 cup whole organic pasture raised milk
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup Trader Joe's grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Trader Joe's part-skim Ricotta cheese
Sea salt and ground white pepper to taste
I blended the ingredients until they were quite smooth, and this can easily be done in the time it takes the water to boil. The end result was at least 2 cups of sauce - yay for tasty leftovers!
In the pot:
Orechiette is my favorite pasta shape - it hails from my dad's home region of Puglia. Trader Joe's sells a great one that's made in Italy and doesn't cost a fortune. It takes about 12-14 minutes to reach al dente. Be sure to salt the water when the pasta goes in - I use about 1tbsp in a medium pot.
Once ready, I drained it (NEVER oil your pasta! The sauce won't absorb and Italians the world over will wail dramatically), and returned it to the pot with a small pat of butter and 1/2 cup of the sauce. I stirred gently over low heat for a minute or two, then into the bowl! A little Ricotta Salata grated over the top for tang, and perfetto! A healthy, flavorful, totally delicious alternative to cream-based sauce.
Please let me know if you try this recipe or if you have any questions!