Spinach and Cheese Pasta {Recipe}

I've just been on a pasta kick lately.  I can't help it.  So, I'm presenting you with another tasty dish.  This is a recipe reposting. If you've been here for a while, you might remember this dish. But I think the pictures this time around do it better justice.



{Suki's Spinach and Feta Pasta} (original link) 
Original Recipe Yield 4 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups spinach leaves, packed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded 

Directions:
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic, and cook until golden brown. Mix in tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook 2 minutes more, until tomatoes are heated through and spinach is wilted. Reduce heat to medium, stir in pasta and feta cheese, and cook until heated through. 

My Modifications (this time):
  • I used 2 cloves of garlic (because I just like garlic).
  • I usually use sliced baby portobello mushrooms, but I didn't have any so no mushrooms this time.
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes wasn't enough for me; not too spicy but a little kick in the back of your throat is how I like it.
  • I almost never have "the right" cheese, so I used some grated Romano and a Colby/Mozzarella blend.
  • In addition, I used rotini twist noodles instead of penne.  I have tons of penne right now because a friend at church was being generous, but I do prefer thin pastas (like angel hair, vermicelli, and so forth).  The thinnest I had this time was the rotini twists.
This dish is sooo super easy to make and is quite delicious!  I hope you try it.  :-)

* BTW, you will notice my blog title is "Spinach and Cheese Pasta" because I didn't have Feta.  Use whatever cheese you want.



By now you must know I love food photography.  I've been practicing stepping up my game.  I hope you can tell.  (If I did this shoot over, I would move that big piece of spinach in the front of the plate.  It bothers me.  But I was so hungry.  lol)  Now I'm seriously thinking of creating stock photography images.  If you have any tips, please email me or leave a comment below.  :-)

Bon Appetit,


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Comments

  1. Your photography is stunning. I have such a hard time shooting food. My lighting usually stinks because it is evening, and, like you said, I'm hungry! So I rush snapping some shots. You do such a fabulous job!

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  2. Yum! This looks great! I would love to try it with feta. That is one of my favorite cheeses. Your pics are awesome. You always nail the lighting. I always struggle with my food pictures. They seem to be the hardest for me.

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  3. It's got all of my favorite things in it! I hope you had an extra bite or two for me. :)

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  4. Thank you, both. I love natural light and I've been having better success with the photos because it's summer and I'm off work and therefore, I can photograph earlier in the day. I have one room in the house - my craft room actually - where the sunlight is very bright and makes a perfect spot for photographing food. I don't know what I'll do when school resumes without a studio lighting system. Maybe I should consult Santa or just shoot on weekends. Thank you again! :-)

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  5. I can't wait to try this!!!

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  6. Libby that dish looks delicious (as usual) and of course you know that I love your food photography. The presentation and composition of theses photo's are on point. They just keep getting better and better.

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  7. That looks amazing! I love finding new pasta recipes. I would love it if you would share this with my readers at Mealtime Monday!

    Kaylee
    www.couponingncooking.com

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  8. What a beautiful pasta! I love the spinach! The colours are so vibrant!

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  9. This looks so good. Pasta and feta are one of my favorite go to meals. I will have to try our your version.

    If you get a chance come link your recipe up at my Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/07/pintastic-monday-link-party-2.html

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  10. just as a curiosity, I wanted to tell you that the "rotini twists" are actually called "fusilli" here in Italy.
    Good recipe by the way :)
    Cecilia

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