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Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta
Easier than a box meal, this creamy tomato and spinach pasta is also more flavorfül and delicioüs. 100% real ingredients.
This version of Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta uses just a touch of cream cheese and Parmesan to make a regular tomato sauce ultra rich and creamy. If you’re not into cream cheese, you could also add a splash (1/4 cup or so) of half and half to achieve a similar effect. I used regular pasta, but whole wheat would actually be pretty good in this and would add some extra fiber and nutrients to make it a more well rounded meal. I was lucky enough to get spinach on sale for $0.99 per bag (score!), but if fresh spinach is just out of your price range, this would also be really good with sliced mushrooms. Just cook the mushrooms along with the onions and garlic in the beginning. Or, hey, you could always do a plain creamy tomato sauce. Nothin’ wrong with that!

Anyway, tomorrow is Monday (again) and the week will be long, so I hope this recipe helps make dinner time a little faster, easier, and more enjoyable for you this week! Enjoy!
Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta
Ingredients
  •     1/2 lb penne pasta 
  •     1 small onion 
  •     2 cloves garlic 
  •     1 Tbsp olive oil
  •     15 oz can diced tomatoes 
  •     1/2 tsp dried oregano 
  •     1/2 tsp dried basil 
  •     pinch red pepper flakes (optional) 
  •     1/2 tsp salt 
  •     freshly cracked pepper to taste 
  •     2 Tbsp tomato paste 
  •     2 oz cream cheese 
  •     1/4 cüp grated Parmesan 
  •     1/2 9 oz. bag fresh spinach 
Instrüctions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook üntil tender (7-10) minütes. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  2. While waiting for the pasta to cook, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with the olive oil over mediüm-low heat üntil softened and transparent (aboüt 5 minütes).
  3. Add the diced tomatoes (with jüices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper to the skillet with the onions and garlic. Stir to combine. Add the tomato paste and a 1/2 cüp of water to the skillet and stir üntil the tomato paste is dissolved into the saüce.
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