Creamy Spinach Sauce for Pasta
This dish is so easy and delicious. I love the way the cream becomes tinged with green from the spinach. Even my children gobbled it up!
1/2 - 1 lb spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 clove garlic, or some scallion, shallot, leek, or onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream or a light cream sauce*
1 cup grated mild cheese, such as havarti, jack, colby, etc.
2 T. butter
1 T. flour
sea salt and pepper
12 oz. pasta, such as penne, fusili, rotini, etc.
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, melt butter in heavy sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic or onion (etc.) and stir a few minutes. Add mushrooms and stir 1 more minute. Reduce heat to low. Add flour and stir. Add spinach and cream or light cream sauce. Stir until spinach is wilted. Add grated cheese and stir gently. If too thick, add more cream or cream sauce. Remove from heat. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve over noodles.
*To make light cream sauce, melt 1-2 T. butter in heavy pan. Add 2 t. flour. Add 1 cup milk. Bring to medium heat and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.