Spaghetti with Creamy Spinach Sauce
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Our creamy spinach sauce is so versatile that you should make extra to have on hand for an omelet filling or baked potato topping.
table salt⅛ tsp, for cooking pasta
fresh spinach8 oz, baby leaves (about 8 cups)
uncooked whole wheat pasta8 oz, spaghetti
olive oil2 ½ tsp, extra-virgin
uncooked onion(s)1 ¼ cup(s), chopped
minced garlic2 ½ tsp
table salt½ tsp
black pepper½ tsp, freshly ground
fat-free ricotta cheese1 ¼ cup(s)
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, to make sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add spinach and sprinkle with water. Cook, tossing, until spinach wilts down and becomes tender, about 3 minutes; remove cooked spinach from skillet. (If your skillet isn’t large enough, cook in 2 batches.) When spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess water; set aside.
- Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions.
- While pasta cooks, heat oil in same nonstick skillet. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onion is very tender and light golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in spinach; toss until mixed.
- Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl; add spinach mixture and ricotta. Toss, adding 1/4 cup (or more) of reserved pasta cooking water to make a creamy sauce. Serve hot. Yields about 1 3/4 cups per serving.