Monday, June 25, 2012

Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Basil and Spinach

Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Basil and Spinach recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Warm pasta tossed with fresh basil and spinach in a very light cream sauce is an example of seasonal eating at it's best. Inspired by the basil that is flourishing in our garden, this was a fun twist on pesto pasta and it still contained a fabulous load of flavor from the fresh basil.

While I absolutely loved this pasta, my kids were less than impressed. Both of my older boys would have been happier without the greens and my youngest happily removed all green items from his plate before he ate the rest of his pasta. I'm calling this recipe a keeper though, because I have every intention of making this again, just for myself!

Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Basil and Spinach
recipe loosely adapted from Everyday Food
(printable recipe)

8 ounces short pasta, I used brown rice fusilli
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 generous handfuls baby spinach, about 4 cups
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup reserved pasta water

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta, the minced garlic and a generous pinch of salt. Cook the pasta just until tender and then scoop out 1/2 a cup of the pasta water. Set the water aside and then drain the pasta.

Pour the cream into the bottom of the same pot and warm it over medium heat. Once it is warm, add the pasta and about 1/4 cup of the reserved water back into the pot and toss gently to coat the pasta well. Add the basil and spinach leaves and toss to wilt. Season generously with salt and pepper and cook over medium low heat for a couple minutes, tossing constantly. Stir in Parmesan and remaining water as needed in order to achieve a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Enjoy!

Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Basil and Spinach recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen







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49 comments:

  1. This looks super yummy. The combination of spinach, pasta, and cheese is one of my favorites.

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  2. The pasta looks incredibly creamy and wonderful! If served to me, I would have eaten everything... green and all. :)

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  3. oh my! looks delish! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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  4. I've been craving basil infused pasta dishes lately so this sounds just perfect! And the more greens the better, in my opinion!

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  5. This looks really good! my basil is taking off - will have to put this on the menu this week. THanks Mary!

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  6. Oh wow, this looks tasty. My stomach is actually rumbling right now.

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  7. buona questa pasta, complimenti! un bacione e buon inizio settimana :)

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  8. I do miss pasta since we're doing the gluten free thing. A simple cream sauce with fresh basil - sounds terrific! I hope my basil gets on with it so I can make and freeze some pesto soon. Great photos too! Hope you are / or will enjoy your camping trip.

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    1. Hey Tricia, I actually used a brown rice pasta when I made this and it turned out perfectly. It is definitely worth playing with the different kinds of pasta to find one you like! We've had great luck with a couple of different corn pastas too.

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    2. Thank you so much! I love a summer pasta salad with fresh tomatoes, etc. so I will try the brown rice pasta soon. Thanks again Mary.

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    3. I'm completely gluten free and I love quinoa pasta. Also Schars pasta acts like "regular" pasta and doesn't get gummy. Looks delicious Mary.

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    4. This looks bellisimo!!!! :)
      -chris

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  9. Can not wait to try this. Pasta a and basil are two of my favorite things. And the giftcard to chasing fireflies would be fabulous. Their items are incredible.

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  10. Can not wait to try this. Pasta a and basil are two of my favorite things. And the giftcard to chasing fireflies would be fabulous. Their items are incredible.

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  11. This looks so delicious and what a great giveaway!! Such a fun way to start the week.

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  12. Wow, the food looks really appetizing!

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  13. Yummy!
    My faorvite spice has always been basil, can't wait to see who wins the giveaway!

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  14. Fresh basil makes everything top notch! :-)

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  15. Love parmesan on pasta. This looks delicious!

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  16. This sounds like one of our family's favorites, but it's made with ricotta instead of cream. Looks yummy, can't believe the boys didn't like it---they like everything!

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  17. It looks good to me! My kids actually like green things so I think they would actually eat this and ask for more! :)

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  18. The pasta looks creamy and delicious.

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  19. thanks for the giveaway
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  20. This looks like a great pasta salad for summer! YUM!

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  21. This is right up my alley Mary! I would love the added greens and a light cream sauce is perfect for the warmer weather.

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  22. It looks so creamy and delicious!

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  23. I should plan my entire menu off your blog.

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  24. Sounds like the perfect pasta dish. I would love it for a nice summer meal.

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  25. What a lovely fresh pasta! I love parmesan and cream sauce more than any other pasta sauce, and I love that all the ingredients are things I usually have on hand - beautiful job!

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  26. this pasta looks amazing! i can't wait to try it.

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  27. This pasta sounds wonderful and looks even better. Great photos. A great Summer pasta dish that I must make soon. I've got a basil plant that bursting with leaves. Thanks for this giveaway, I'd love to win.

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  28. great looking recipe! bunkie.

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  29. Great idea, my basil is just growing so fast in my garden and I've ran out of recipes --- but now I have another recipe for basil --yey!

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  30. this pasta looks fantastic, i love fresh basil!

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  31. Commenting, 'cuz I like to win stuff. Also, I am starving. I need to move in so that I can eat all this deliciousness.

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  32. This looks great! I made something similar recently. What is it about basil and Parmesan? Yum!

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  33. Maybe if you pureed the spinach into the sauce they would be more inclined to eat it? Just an idea. I love my greens though, I bet it would be great with swiss chard or even some kale in there!

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  34. Gosh this looks scrumptious!

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  35. Yummy going to make for dinner tonight!!
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  36. This recipe looks so good! I can't wait to go pluck some basil and whip this up!

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  38. Looks absolutely delicious! You make me want to get up and go cook right now, hehe.

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  39. Yum for the salad! I like your recipes!

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  40. Made this for 12 people on Tuesday and served it with a big salad, breadsticks, and fresh fruit and sorbet for dessert. It was a huge hit and SO quick and easy to make, I didn't waste a lot of time in the kitchen instead of spending it with my guests, which is what happens every time I host a dinner.

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  41. YUM!! I can't wait to try this dish. Love love love your ideas and recipes!

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