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Pasta in Spinach Sauce or Macaroni in Spinach Sauce

November 12, 2018 Motions and Emotions 16 Comments

Hello my lovely readers, how was your festive season? Hope you had enjoyed this festive season with lots food and had fun with family members. Now you must be really feeling sad to go back to your regular life. I know this feeling is quite weird! When you take a break you feel happy as you  want to enjoy holidays but when the break is extended you miss your routine life and again when it is time get back to work again you feel low. It is really difficult to understand our own mind and control it. Isn't it true?

Routine life means go to daily grocery and vegetable shopping, planning your meals and n number works life laundry, cleaning, washing, etc. If you have kids then one more additional work is lunch box preparation. During this festive holidays they are used to with special foods and snacks. Suddenly you can't give them a blunt foods! Why? Think from their pint of view. Till now they were in festive mood enjoying each and every moment with grandparents cousins, uncles- aunts so lots of pampering happens this time. They will be in sad mood as they have to get back to their school tuition life ( we have gone through the same). A special food in lunch box can boost their moral and they will be in energetic form to start their routine life once again. Here is a special recipe of Pasta to boost everyone's mood after festive season.

Today I am sharing the recipe of pasta in spinach sauce  or macaroni in spinach sauce. You can use spinach sauce with penne pasta or spaghetti. You can name this recipe pasta in green sauce. Most of the pasta recipes use cream but here I have used milk. Obviously you can replace milk with cream but I wanted to keep it simple instead of calorie rich.


Spinach is rich in iron so you are putting nutritious palak/spinach in your kid's lunch box and I bet your kid will say 'mumma pasta in green sauce was super delicious'. I would say don't reveal the secret ingredient spinach to your kid instead you say pasta in spinach sauce. Sometimes we (mommies) should use tricks to deal with your picky eater.

As I said earlier, palak/spinach pairs well with garlic hence I have given garlicy flavour to the pasta.
Instead of butter you can use olive oil but again use of butter will enhance the taste of the recipe. If you are making pasta in spinach sauce for adults, then you can throw one or two green chilli while blending spinach leaves. You can always add more or less cheese according to your taste bud. Now it's mid November and everywhere in India markets are flooded with fresh spinach bundles. So what are you waiting for! This lush green pasta in palak sauce will definitely keep away your Monday blues.

Here are more Palak/Spinach recipes …

Chole Palak
Palak Paratha
Cheesy Spinach Sandwich

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes
Servings: 2 

Pasta in Spinach Sauce / Macaroni in Spinach Sauce

Ingredients

Spinach Leaves  (Palak) - 3 cups, tightly packed
Macaroni - 11/2 cup
Salt to taste
Garlic - chopped, 2 teaspoon
Cheese - grated, 2 tablespoon
Butter - 1 tablespoon
Refined oil - 1 tablespoon
Oregano - 1 teaspoon
Milk - 1 cup

Procedure

1. Clean the spinach leaves and blanch them in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Drain the water and make smooth puree in blender and keep aside.
3. Boil water in a heavy bottom vessel and cook macaroni in this. Add a tablespoon of refined oil and little salt. This will help to prevent the pastas from sticking with each other. Cooking of pasta may take 7 to 8 minutes or little more time.
4. After the macaroni are cooked drain the water  (use a colander to drain the water) and keep it (macaroni) under running water. Cold water helps to prevent the pastas from getting overcooked.
5. Now heat butter in a pan and add chopped garlics and sauté for few  minutes.
6. Later add the spinach puree and cook until the raw smell is gone.
7. Next add milk and mix it well and cook for few minutes.
8. Now add salt to taste and oregano and give a good mix.
9.  Add the boiled macaroni and toss them in spinach sauce. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
10. Switch off the gas and add the grated cheese on top and serve hot.

N.B.: Spinach sauce has to be in right consistency. It should not be watery or dried up. The right consistency of the spinach sauce will be absorbed by the pasta. If the sauce is drying up you can add little milk or water and if the consistency of the sauce is runny in texture, boil for some more time to make it little thick. If it is too runny I would suggest to add 1 tablespoon of flour roasted in butter into the sauce. However, mix it evenly to avoid any lump



16 comments:

  1. Sounds like such a flavourful and yummy recipe!!

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  2. One of the best ways to feed Spinach to kids along with their favorite food!! Very nice and detailed recipe.

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  3. Healthy and yummy pasta,nice way to trick kids with that green color :)

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  4. Love the color. So vibrant and inviting! :)

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  5. This pasta is so comforting and looks perfect for the lunchbox. This is my first time on your site and loving it.

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  6. This is a brilliant way to make kids eat their greens...no kids will say no to this lip smacking pasta

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  7. Pasta in spinach sauce sounds delicious and healthy. You made this macroni iron rich by adding spinach. Perfect tiffin recipe. Awesome share.

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  8. I love spinach pasta.. your prep looks so tempting. I add mushrooms and corn too.

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  9. Pasta is my family's favourite. You have made this more nutritious by adding spinach to it. Sounds interesting.

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  10. Wish i get that plate rite now from my lappy screen, irresistible pasta and my kids will definitely love this spinach sauce pasta.

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  11. A great way to get kids to eat their greens without much fuss! Love the vibrant green color, looks lovely :)

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  12. Pasta looks so tasty and super healthy. A good idea to use spinach here.

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  13. Such a delicious and quick recipe that can be enjoyed at lunch.

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  14. That radiant green colour itself is making this dish so appetizing & inviting. A brilliant way to make any fussy vegetable especially spinach eater have their quota of Spinach, that too in such a yummy way. Nom nom.

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  15. Macaroni with spinach sauce looks very creamy and delicious. I like the idea of using spinach as sauce

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  16. Love the so vibrant and inviting color here.... Such a lovely way to feed kids the leafy greens

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