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Spanako-Pasta Recipe

Spanako-Pasta Recipe

“I love spanakopita, so I made it into a wonderful creamy pasta dish. If you don’t have fresh dill, try 2 Tbsp. of dried.” —Lindsay Williams, Hastings, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 2. Add the spinach, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, lemon juice, dill, nutmeg, salt and cayenne; heat through. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup liquid. Toss pasta with spinach mixture, adding some of the reserved pasta liquid if needed. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 435 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 667 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 23 g protein.